By Jimitota Onoyume, P/HARCOURT
IT was a show of shame yesterday when a soldier attached to the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, was among twenty four others paraded by the Rivers state Police Command over alleged involvement in kidnapping and other related crimes.
According to the state Police boss, the soldier and his five member gang had made attempts to abduct a business man in the state before their arrest.
Continuing, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Aba said among the twenty four paraded, six were fraudsters who connived with their accomplice in some of the telecommunication industries to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
According to the Police boss, they got GSM numbers of senior citizens through their syndicate group in the communication sector and send threat messages to them for money. And out of fear, most of the senior citizens gave in to the threat and parted with huge sums of money.
The Police Commissioner said investigation was in top gear to arrest their accomplice in the communication industry.
Continuing, Mr Aba said others paraded specialised in car snatching and sale of the stolen vehicles. Among this group was a lady. He explained that luck ran out on them following a tip off the Police acted on.
The Police boss further assured residents of the state of a hitch free Christmas celebration. He said over 6,000 police men had been deployed to provide security in all the nooks and crannies of the state just as he enjoined residents to go about their celebration peacefully.