The Rivers State Police Command yesterday arrested a 30-year old man for being in possession of a large quantity of explosives, including detonators and a cordless wire.
The suspect, who gave his name as Ibrahim Aliyu, was nabbed in Ndele Town in Emohua Local Government Area of the state at about 2.30pm.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, told newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital that the suspect had confessed to being a member of a kidnap syndicate based in Ogbogoro Town in Rivers State.
Aliyu, according to Ogunsakin, was also a member of a bank robbery syndicate that shuttles between Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom State.
The Rivers police chief disclosed that the suspect had confessed that though he (Aliyu) purchased the explosives in Port Harcourt, his aim was to take them to one ‘Alhaji’ in the troubled northeastern state of Yobe.
“The Rivers State Police Command wished to inform the general public that in its bid to rid the state of undesirable elements, has nabbed one Ibrahim Aliyu (male, age 30 years) from Ndo village in Agbada LGA of Nasarawa State.
“He was arrested in Ndele Town in Emohua LGA of Rivers State on March 17, 2014 at about 2.30pm with a huge quantity of dynamite explosives with their detonator and cordless wire.
“The suspect confessed to be a member of a kidnap syndicate based in Ogbogoro Town and a member of a bank robbery syndicate that operates between Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom State.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have bought the explosives from Port Harcourt with the intent to take them to the North to one Alhaji in Yobe State”, he stressed.
Mr. Ogunsakin, who was recently posted to the state, reiterated his call on criminal elements to leave Rivers or be ready to face the full wrath of the law whenever they were caught.