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Operatives of the Rivers State Police command have arrested 13 people, including four soldiers and a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer, for alleged armed robbery, hijacking of food trucks, and diverting them to other locations. 

All Nigeria Latest News reports that Mrs. Grace Iringe-Koko, the police spokeswoman in the state revealed this in a statement on Monday.

Iringe-Koko said the arrests followed a thorough investigation triggered by an initial arrest of suspected burglary in a private warehouse in Elimgbu community, Ohio/Akpor LGA. 

The police spokeswoman said two of the initial suspects were identified as a corporal in the Nigerian Army serving in Delta State and an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps serving in Kabba, Kogi State. 

Iringe-Koko said the arrested security agents confessed to abandoning their posts to engage in criminal activities in Rivers State.

She said further investigations uncovered a larger criminal ring involved in armed robbery, hijacking and goods diversion.

Iringe-Koko added that the gangs were involved in hijacking trailers loaded with various goods, including fertilizers, imported clothing, and POP cement.

The police recovered stolen items and a white Toyota Hilux used in the gang’s operations, the police spokeswoman said. 

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