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Gunmen kill Rivers vigilante, other

15:15 Jul 20 2022 Rivers state

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a member of a local vigilante group, Ote Wosu, and a youth, Gift Augustine by gunmen in separate attacks in Elibrada community, Emuoha Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-koko, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt also said four suspects in connection with the killings have been arrested.

One of the suspects and a member of a vigilante known as the Emuoha Local Government Vigilante Service (EMOLVICE), Godknows Wakama, was arrested, while the three other suspects were nabbed for their alleged involvement in the killing of Wosu.

It was leanrnt that Wakama, a member of EMOLVICE had reportedly fired a shot when members of the outfit went to the community in search of a cult gang that killed one of their members, as the bullet hit Augustine.

Grace Iringe-Koko told our correspondent on the telephone that Wakama has been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for a proper investigation into the killing.

Iringe-Koko said, “Currently the suspect has been arrested and transferred to the state CID for discreet investigation.

“The command sympathizes with the family of the bereaved and we advise that they remind law abiding and not to go against the law.

They should work with the police division closer to them,” she stated.

On the death of Wosu, she said, “Three persons have been arrested. Their arrest was due to discreet investigation and the proactive posture of the command.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Commander of EMOLVICE, zone 2, Emeke Woris, who confirmed Wosu’s death said he was shot dead by a suspected cultist while sitting with an old woman in the community
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