TWO members of a gang that allegedly killed the
Divisional Police Officer of Rumuokoro division, Mr.
Cliff Igwegbe, have been arrested by the Rivers State
This is just as security operatives killed four
suspected kidnappers during a shootout, while one
Ken Livinus, who was abducted on Saturday, was
Igwegbe, a Chief Superintendent of Police, and his
team were on a mission to confront some robbers,
who had stolen a vehicle belonging to the lawmaker
representing Emohua State Constituency in the State
House of Assembly, Mr. Samuel Ogeh, on November
However, the state police command said it arrested
one Prince Essien (30) and Hosanna Nse (23) during a
shootout with members of the gang at their hideout
in Ada George, Port Harcourt.
The leader of the gang, identified as Clever
Idaminabor (27) ,was said to have been shot dead
during the gun battle.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, said the
two armed robbers confessed to being members of
the gang that killed the DPO.
Kimo said two AK-47 rifles, one assault rifle, 119
rounds of live ammunition and seven magazines
were recovered from the suspects.
He said, "The two notorious armed robbers ─ Prince
Essien (30), and Hosanna Nse (23) ─ confessed to
have been involved in series of armed robberies and
kidnappings in Port Harcourt and its environs,
including the recent killing of CSP Cliff Igwegbe, who
until his death, was the Divisional Police Officer of
"Their leader, Clever Idaminabor was killed in the
shootout that ensued when policemen raided their
hideout on Location Road, Ada George, Port
On the suspected kidnappers, the CP explained that a
Toyota Lexus belonging to the victim, Ken Livinus,
and a Golf Volkswagen belonging to the kidnappers,
three locally-made pistols, were among items
recovered by security operatives.
"Following a distress call received on December 12,
about 4am from a patriotic Nigerian that kidnappers
had abducted one Ken Livinus at Rukpokwu and
driven him away in his Toyota Lexus jeep, teams of
policemen quickly responded and pursued the
fleeing kidnappers who were heading towards Aluu/
Airport Road and engaged them.
"The confrontation led to the safe rescue of the
victim, while the four unidentified kidnappers were
killed," the CP added.