Police confirm murder of 5 people in Rivers by cult gang
Olatunji Disu: Commissioner of Police for Rivers State.
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
The police have confirmed the killing of five people in the Odiemerenyi community in Ahoada East of Rivers State by cultists who were said to be loyal to the most wanted cult leader, David Gift, aka, 2Baba.
According to the the police, the cultists said to be responsible for the gruesome murder of gallant Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashin in Odumude community, Ahoada East some months ago invaded the community in search of police informants.
In a statement on Sunday, Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP. Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed that the attack.
She, however, noted that police operatives who arrived in the community following a distress call killed two of the cult gang members.
She said: “Operatives of Ahoada Police station received a distress call at about 01:00hours on Sunday morning, November 12, 2023, that some suspected cultists loyal to wanted David Gift aka 2Baba invaded Odiemerenyi Community in search of suspected Police informants.
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“The Police Division on receipt of the information swung into action and mobilised with other tactical units to the scene. On getting to the community, the hoodlums who, unfortunately, killed five natives before the arrival of the police opened fire on sighting the police.
“The hoodlums were, however, overpowered by the superior firepower of the Police as two of the suspected cultists were fatally wounded”
The statement said the Commissioner of Police ordered the Ahoada Police Division and other tactical units to redouble efforts to ensure the arrest of David Gift and other fleeing suspects.
“The CP call on residents of the community and other communities in Ahoada East to go about their legitimate business as adequate security is in place to counter any security challenges that may be instigated by criminal elements.
“The CP equally condoled with the family of natives who lost their lives in the attack”.