Rivers kidnapping kingpin dies in police custody

The police authorities in Rivers have arrested a suspected kidnapper said to be the most wanted in the state, Honest Digbara, popularly known as Boboski.

Boboski, said to have come from Nwidera, Gokana Local Government Area was nabbed at Korokoro community in Khana Local Government where he was hiding with his gang members.

This was confirmed on Saturday by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, at the state police headquarters in Port Harcourt.

The police boss said the arrest of the criminal followed credible information by members of the public.

To Mukan, Boboski and his gang members were responsible for the kidnapping and killing of one Barrister Emelogu after collecting ransom.

He also blamed the group for the killing of a Divisional Police Officer in Afam Division, Moses Egbede, killing of a civil defence at Glo pipeline, the kidnap and killing of Chief Mbu of Ogu/Bolo after collecting N7million as ransom among others.

“This suspect is responsible for most of the criminal activities in the state. He was responsible for the kidnap of Barrister Emelogu who was killed after collecting ransom, he is also responsible for the killing of a Divisional Crime Officer Afam Division, SP Moses Egbede, as well as the killing of a soldier and personnel of Civil Defence at Gio pipeline in Ogoni last year, killing of two Policemen at a Federal Highway at Botem among others,” he said.

Although the suspect was arrested alive, a Channels Television correspondent observed that several gunshots could not penetrate his body.

Also, several attempts made by Boboski to disappear was resisted by the police. The suspect, however, died from matchet cuts.

Sequel to his arrest, Governor Nyesom Wike had earlier placed a N30 million bounty on Boboski’s head, saying he will reward any member of the public who can provide useful information that will lead to the arrest of the criminal.

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