The Nigerian Police has confirmed the involvement of one of its men, Sergeant Ibrahim Odege in an armed robbery operation in Port-Harcourt. The police confirmation of a policeman’s involvement in robbery was made in a statement issued by the Rivers State Police Command.
Sergeant Odege was apprehended by community youths during the botched robbery operation in Elekahia Housing Estate, Port-Harcourt.
He was apprehended alongside one Sampson Inomoghe.
The two were allegedly caught by community youths at about 10pm on Saturday night during a robbery attack on Elekahia Housing Estate, in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
Rivers State Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni in a statement said that a firearm and properties believed to belonging to their victims were found on the suspects.
He said that their case file had been transferred to the state criminal investigation department for further investigation and prosecution.
While expressing the disappointment of the state commissioner of Police Joseph Mukan at the involvement of the police officer in the robbery attack, he pledged that the law must take its full course.
The statement which confirmed the policeman’s involvement in robbery read thus: “Operatives of the Elekahia Division at about 10 in the night on Saturday, January, 16, 2021, responded to a distress call at the Elekahia Housing Estate, where two armed robbers who were dispossessing people of their valuables were arrested.
“The timely arrival of the police led to the arrest of the two armed robbers who were later identified as Sergeant Ibrahim Odege attached to the Operations Department of the Rivers Police Command and one Sampson Inomoghe ‘m’ 32yrs from Nembe in Bayelsa State but resides at Rumuokwrushi in Obio/Akpor LGA.
“The duo were arrested at the scene of crime with the following exhibits, three different handsets belonging to their victims and one Locally made bareta pistol. One of the victims, Mrs Doris Elechi identified them as those that robbed her of her Tecno handset, which is one of the Exhibits recovered.
“At the station, the suspects confessed to have carried out the robbery attacks among other revelations,” the document stated.