By | January 15, 2024

Police Kill Wanted Cult Leader and Accomplice in Rivers State Shootout

The Rivers State Police Command has announced the successful neutralization of a notorious cult leader, Silas Oderereke, and his accomplice during a fierce exchange of gunfire in the Oderereke community of Ahoada West Local Government Area. Oderereke, also known as ‘General,’ was the leader of the Greenlanders’ cult group in the Ubie clan, and had managed to evade authorities for the past four years.

According to Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the state police command, Oderereke and his gang were notorious for their involvement in various criminal activities including armed robbery, land grabbing, unauthorized sale of buildings, and brutal attacks on anyone who dared to oppose them. The police had received information about Oderereke’s gang’s robbery operation, which also involved vandalizing the property of the late monarch, Eze Robinson O. Robinson.

In response to the intelligence, the police swiftly pursued the criminals out of town. However, the defiant ‘General’ rallied his gang and launched an attack on a community-owned tank farm in Oderereke, with the intention of looting its contents. It was during this sabotage attempt that the police managed to apprehend the gang.

Oderereke and one other member of his gang opened fire on the police team, resulting in a fierce exchange of gunfire. Ultimately, Oderereke and his accomplice were neutralized, while others sustained injuries. Two other clan leaders, Danger-boy and 2-Man, who frequently collaborated with Oderereke, managed to escape and are currently at large.

Further investigations led the police to discover a camp that Oderereke had established between Oderereke and Olokuma communities. This camp served as a base for the cult leader and his numerous followers, from where they launched robbery attacks on innocent members of neighboring communities. The affected communities expressed their relief and shared accounts of residents who had relocated to Port Harcourt due to the mayhem caused by the cult group.

Olatunji Disu, the state Commissioner of Police, commended the operatives for their discreet investigation and for successfully neutralizing the hoodlums. He issued a stern warning to cultists and other criminal gangs, urging them to turn over a new leaf or be prepared to face the full force of the law. Disu vowed to make the state unbearable for criminals until they were completely eradicated.

The successful operation against Silas Oderereke and his gang marks a significant victory for the Rivers State Police Command in their ongoing efforts to combat cultism and other forms of criminality..

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