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Rivers Police Arrest 51 Suspected Robbers

A combined team of security operatives has raided a hideout near a brothel along Azikiwe Street in Mile 2 axis of Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and arrested no fewer than 51 suspected criminals.

It was gathered that the arrest came as a result of a distress call to the police that the hoodlums were robbing residents at gun point and carting their mobile telephones and other valuables.

A source also told Punch correspondent that two rival cult groups known as Junior Vikings and De-gbam had clashed on Monday night, disrupting the area.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-koko confirmed the arrest, saying investigation was ongoing.

She said, “We got information of a criminal hideout and that these boys were robbing people at gun point in that Azikiwe area.

“So, the joint patrol team quickly moved in and chased them. They ran into one hotel (brothel). And that hotel is a black spot in that area.

“51 of them were apprehended. They are currently being profiled and helping the police with useful information that can give us a breakthrough.”

Asked if some of those arrested may not have been wrongly picked, she said investigation was ongoing, saying, “Anyone found to be innocent will be released, while others will be charged to court.”

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