Rivers State: Police Have Detained The Leader Of A Vigilante Group Found In Possession Of Human Skulls And Bones

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Rivers State: Police Have Detained The Leader Of A Vigilante Group Found In Possession Of Human Skulls And Bones

The Rivers State Police Command has apprehended the leader of a local vigilante group in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, with two human skulls and other body parts at his hideout.

Felix Nwaobakata, along with seven other members of the security outfit, was arrested for various offenses, including murder, as part of efforts to curb the activities of vigilante groups operating in the state.

According to Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the State Police Command, who issued a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, July 3, Nwaobakata, serving as the Commander of the ONELGA Security and Peace Advisory Committee (OSPAC), is a prime suspect in the murder of two brothers in Idu, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni LGA, on May 1, 2024, based on allegations of their involvement in kidnapping.

The statement highlighted that the arrest of Nwaobakata and other OSPAC members followed numerous complaints about their activities in various parts of the state, particularly in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LG.

It was also noted that members of the outfit recently attacked a police division in Omoku and clashed with other security agencies.

The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command has commenced a clampdown on the excesses of vigilante groups operating within the state. This follows numerous complaints about the operations of the ONELGA Security and Peace Advisory Committee in different parts of the State, predominantly in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, as well as clashes with other Security Agencies by this Vigilante Group.

“On May 9, 2024, Alhaji Usman Seleh, the Chairman of the Hausa Indigenous Group in ONELGA, reported that OSPAC had abducted a member of his group. He proceeded to report the matter to the police. Consequently, the police invited the ONELGA OSPAC Commander, Felix Nwaobakata, who refused to honour several invitations.

“Instead, the OSPAC outfit coordinated an attack on the police division in Omoku but the attack was thwarted as the police repelled them. Following this development, Tactical Units of the command stormed the ONELGA OSPAC Camp at Omoku and arrested Cheta Benjamin, Joshua Ekwosa, Innocent Ahiakwu, and four others.

“The ONELGA OSPAC Commander, Felix Nwaobakata, was subsequently arrested in his hideout in Omoku on June 17, 2024, where two human skulls and human bones were found in his possession. The arrested OSPAC Commander, Felix Nwaobakata, is also a principal suspect in the murder of two brothers, Collins Ugorji (32) and Newman Ugorji (39), of the Idu Community in ONELGA.”

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