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Rivers police kill notorious criminal, rescue day-old baby

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Operatives of the Rivers State Police have neutralized a notorious criminal, John Togo, also known as ‘Togo the Second,’ who was involved in sea piracy, cult activities, and illegal arms trade along the Bonny-Port Harcourt waterways.

The police also rescued a one-day-old baby from human traffickers in a separate incident.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Olatunji Disu gave details of the incident on Monday, stating, “John Togo’s criminal career began in the Borikiri area of Port Harcourt, where he initially engaged in cult-related activities. Gradually, he graduated from petty crimes and evolved into a full-fledged kidnapper and sea pirate, assembling a gang of ruthless criminals along the way.”

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The police, in collaboration with the C4i Intelligence Unit and the Borikiri Police Division, acted on credible intelligence and raided the camp of the criminal gang.

Disu explained, “On sighting the police, the group opened fire, and the kingpin, ‘Togo,’ was brought down in the process.” Disu further disclosed Togo’s involvement in illegal oil bunkering camps, arms trafficking, killings, and robberies.

Despite previous encounters with security forces, Togo continued to evade capture, gaining notoriety in 2021 for sea piracy and kidnappings that sparked the #EndSeaPiracy protests on Bonny Island.

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Disu highlighted a turning point in Togo’s criminal activities when he abducted Precious George, the Youth Leader of Ibifara Polo, in May 2023. Following a twelve-day captivity and a ransom payment of 2.5 million Naira, Togo’s identity was unveiled, prompting the police to intensify efforts to apprehend him.

In a separate incident, the Rivers State Police rescued a one-day-old baby and apprehended two suspects involved in a case of human trafficking.

The incident occurred during a routine stop and search operation along Igwuruta-Eneka Road on January 22, 2024.

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Daniel Destiny Onyegbulem and Uzodinma Eze were intercepted, and investigations revealed their involvement in transporting a sack containing the baby.

Disu shared details, saying, “Daniel disclosed that he had been contacted by a woman known as ‘Mama Destiny,’ a pastry vendor, to transport the sack bag containing the baby to Eneka junction.”

The police further discovered that Uzodinma, the commercial motorbike operator, was involved in the delivery.

The rescued baby is now safe, and the two suspects are in custody, awaiting legal proceedings.

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