Three suspected ‘one-chance’ robbers arrested in Rivers State

Three suspected ‘one-chance’ robbers  have been arrested in Rivers State yesterday, the 2nd of June 2021, amongst the three robbers was a female.

The Rivers State Police Command said it had successfully  arrested three suspected ‘one-chance’ robbers, including a female, in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The information gathered was  that the gang members were nabbed while attempting to escape with a bag of money stolen from a filing station manager, identified as Simeon Ibrahim, who was making his way to the bank.

According to reports, the suspects, allegedly disguised as commercial taxi operators, they  trailed and conveyed Ibrahim after he took the sales proceeds to deposit in a new generation bank in the Rumuokoro area, close to Port Harcourt.

While on their way, it was gathered that the female suspect kept on shouting because her hands were hurting and she appealed to Ibrahim to assist her in opening the vehicle’s door.

Unaware of their plot, as Ibrahim tried to open the door, the gang members allegedly snatched the bag of money, but in an attempt to push him out of the moving vehicle, he dragged the car’s steering wheel and began to shout for help.

Fortunately, a taxi driver, who noticed what was going on, used his vehicle to block the robbers, who attempted to escape by jumping out of the vehicle, but they were immediately cornered and caught by residents. The residents alerted policemen from the Choba Police Station.

An eyewitness, identified simply as Tonye, said, “First, the girl denied that she was with the gang, but when I asked the victim if she was among them, he said yes and we asked her to lie down and later we took them to the station.”

While sharing what happened, Ibrahim said, “I arranged my money and boarded a taxi with three occupants to the bank and while on the way, one of them started shouting: ‘My hand, my hand; please open the door’.

“While I tried to open the door from inside, she said I should open from outside; in the ensuing confusion, I noticed that my bag was missing and they tried to push me out of the vehicle.”

The spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni also confirmed the incident and said the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.

Omoni said, “Yes, that incident is confirmed. Two males and one female, who are serial ‘once-chance’ robbers, were apprehended.

“They were arrested by men of the Choba Police Station. Luck ran out on them today.

“They are about now being transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.”

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