Vigilante Leader Caught with Human Remains In Rivers State

The Rivers State Police Command has launched a crackdown on the excesses of vigilante groups operating in the state.

The move comes after numerous complaints about the activities of the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Security and Peace Advisory Committee (OSPAC) in different parts of the State, predominantly in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA (ONELGA), as well as clashes with other Security Agencies by this Vigilante Group.

According to a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe Koko, the OSPAC Commander in the council, Felix Nwaobakata, was arrested on June 17th, 2024, in possession of two human skulls and human bones.

Iringe Koko said Nwaobakata is also a principal suspect in the murder of two brothers, Collins and Newman Ugorji, who were killed by OSPAC on May 1st, 2024.

She noted that the Police Command has made further arrests and is investigating related incidents, including the killing of a youth leader, Innocent Didia, by OSPAC members on May 31st, 2024.

She said: “The arrested OSPAC Commander, Felix Nwaobakata, is also a principal suspect in the murder of two brothers, Collins Ugorji (32) and Newman Ugorji (39), of the Idu Community in ONELGA.

” The brothers were killed on May 1st, 2024, by the OSPAC on the allegation that they were kidnappers. Their motorcycles were confiscated, and their bodies were taken to the OSPAC Secretariat in Omoku and received by Felix Nwaobakata after residents lamented their criminal actions. The bodies of the brothers were not seen, and the investigation is ongoing.

“In another related incident, on May 31st, 2024, the Youths of Egbeda Community in Emuoha LGA staged a peaceful protest to Lubrik Construction Company (LCC) at Egbeda, and after being addressed by the Police, they dispersed but were ambushed by a group of OSPAC members led by the Egbeda OSPAC Commander, Friday Ogbuji, who shot and killed the Youth Leader, Innocent Didia.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Cp Olatunji Disu, has advised residents to report any complaints of assault, extortion, or illegal detention to the nearest police station.

The Commissioner reassured the public of its commitment to protecting lives and property and will not tolerate any act of illegality by vigilante groups.

He assured the public that the Police are working to ensure that vigilante groups operate within the scope of the law and respect the rights of all individuals as enshrined in the Constitution.

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