The Department of State Services (DSS) has taken into custody His Royal Majesty Eze Ikegbidi, the King of Akoh Kingdom in Rivers State. This arrest, which unfolded on Monday, is directly linked to the horrific murder of Ahoada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Bako Angbashim, who fell victim to gunmen believed to be affiliated with a cult group.
The grim incident occurred on a fateful Friday night when the DPO, Angbashim, along with his team, was conducting an operation in the area. Tragically, he was brutally killed and beheaded by assailants during the operation, sending shockwaves throughout the region.
The DSS’s swift action in arresting Ikegbidi came in the wake of an indefinite suspension imposed on him by Rivers State Governor, Siminilayi Fubara. Governor Fubara, in an official statement, accused the monarch of relinquishing control of his territory to a notorious figure named David Gift, popularly known as “2-Baba,” and his criminal gang, allowing them to operate freely and perpetrate their illegal activities.
Governor Fubara has also offered a staggering N100,000,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the prime suspect, 2-Baba. He urged anyone with pertinent details to report to the relevant authorities immediately.
Following his arrest by DSS operatives, Eze Ikegbidi was transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Port Harcourt, the state capital, for further interrogation and investigation.
When approached for comment, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, indicated that she currently lacks comprehensive details regarding the arrest but pledged to provide additional information at a later time.
This incident has sent shockwaves throughout Rivers State, raising questions about security and law enforcement in the region. The public remains eager for updates on this developing situation, which has cast a pall over the Akoh Kingdom and the wider community.