Residents of some parts of Ogoniland went into wild jubilation on Saturday morning as news filtered in that officers of the State Police Command have arrested one Honest Diigbara, aka Boboski, a notorious leader of a kidnap and armed robbery gang alleged to be behind different atrocities in the areas for many years.
The gang leader who had been on the police watch list and with a bounty of N30 million placed on his head by Governor Nyesom Wike was arrested at the early hours of Saturday, in a sting by the police with assistance of a local security outfit.
Boboski was arrested along with his second in Command with injuries he sustained during a gun duel with law enforcement officers.
“He was arrested through credible information at Korokoro Community in Tai Local Government Area , where he was hibernating with his gang of killers.
“On sighting the Police they engaged us and in a return fire, his driver was fatally wounded, while he was arrested alive,” CP Joseph Mukan, Rivers Police Commissioner said on how he was arrested In press statement he personally signed.
Mukan enumerated some of the alleged atrocities of the crime kingpin to include the kidnap of Barrister Emelogu who was killed even after his gang collected ransom, the kidnap and killing of a police officer, SP Moses Egbede after collecting ransom as well as killing of a soldier and a personnel of NSCDC at Gio pipeline, Ogoni last year.
“The Command use the opportunity to urge the people of the State to continue to remain steadfast and trust in the ability of the Police to protect their lives and property ,while warning criminals to repent, relocate or face the full weight of the law.
“The arrest of Boboski today is a milestone for the Command and Victory for the Ogoni people, Rivers and Nigeria at large,” Mukan added.