Police arrest vigilante leader posing as IGP in Rivers


The RiversState Police Command has arrested the leader of an illegal vigilante group in the state called, Rivers Vigilante Group, Alalibo Gogo-Abite, for impersonating the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The leader of the group which was operating in Port Harcourt and other parts of the state was arrested after an identity card wherein the suspect described himself as Inspector General of Police was also recovered from him.

Nnamdi Omoni, the spokesman of the State Police Command, said the police also recovered important exhibits from the office of the suspect, stating that the group was operating illegally.

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“The arrest of the suspect followed a tip-off. Investigations took us to the suspect’s office where we discovered incriminating items such as multiple identify cards, application forms, even police letter headed papers in resemblance of that of the police and identity card of himself answering Inspector General and that triggered our suspicion and he said he has over 700 members.

“So he is being investigated, in recent times we have had cases of people wearing uniforms like that of the police and perpetrating criminality, so, if it is established that he is involved in any of the criminal activities in the state, he will be dealt with accordingly.”

Gogo-Abite said his group had been helping the police fight crime in the state but Omoni insisted the group was perpetuating criminality and impersonating the police.