Rivers police nabs 8 members of Diobu Vigilantes


Eight Members of Diobu Vigilante in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state, have been arrested by Rivers State Police Command for sexually abusing a 21-year-old lady, illegal detention and torture.

According to reports, with the assistance of Rivers State Civil Rights Council, the ordeal of the dady, Miss Precious and her two brothers in the hands of the accused members of Diobu Vigilante was reported to the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Gobum Mukan who had vowed that Human rights of citizens will be protected, subsequently ordered for their arrest.

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It was learnt that the father of Miss Precious and her siblings were reported to the Vigilante accusing them of stealing his money.

The Police Public Relations Officer DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, who is also a Lawyer, confirmed the arrest stating that it is unlawful for Vigilante groups to arrest and detain suspects but can provide information to the Police for effective community Policing.

DSP Omoni stressed that the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, has ordered for an investigation into the matter and the transfer of the case to State CID.

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Meanwhile, the victim Miss Precious, while narrating her ordeal alleged that members of the Vigilante stripped her naked in their office, and inserted fingers in her private part and also made a video of her stake naked.

She added that the Vigilante members detained her and her brothers from 8 p.m on Saturday, 11th April, 2020 to Sunday 12th, April 2020.

She also explained that the Vigilante members shaved their hair and eyelids before releasing them, however, called on the Police and other relevant authorities to ensure justice is done.

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Reacting to the incident, Secretary Rivers State Civil Rights Council, Miss. Uzoma Kelechi, appealed to the Nigeria Police to ensure justice is served to all parties in the matter.

In the maiden press briefing by CP Joseph Gobum Mukan, he assured that Human rights, anti-corruption and the protection of lives and properties are his core mandates in the state.

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