Peace Corps Member Arrested For Robbery, Drug Peddling

The Bayelsa State Police Command in synergy with the state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a member of the proscribed Peace Corps of Nigeria in connection with robbery and drug peddling.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the suspect, Seiyefa Okorie, 33, was arrested on Thursday in a coordinated raid of a criminal hideout at Amarata area of Yenagoa, the state capital.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the operatives recovered a locally-made pistol and an identification card of PCN from the suspect.

The police spokesman said, “In a coordinated raid of a criminal hideout at Amarata, Yenagoa, operatives arrested one Seiyefa Okorie, male,  33 years old and a member of the proscribed Peace Corps of Nigeria and recovered a locally-made pistol from the suspect.

“The suspect (Okorie) was arrested fully dressed in PCN’s T-shirt and was with the proscribed organization’s ID card. The suspect confessed that he peddles drugs and robbed innocent persons in Yenagoa and environs. Investigation is ongoing.

“The command hereby appeals to members of the public to continue to provide useful information to the Police in order to ensure a safer Bayelsa.”

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah, has said the court, witnesses and administration of justice are some reasons why some crime suspects regain freedom unpunished.

The police commissioner was reacting to questions from members of the public during his familiarisation visit to the Yenagoa Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Thursday.

During an interactive session, a concerned individual asked the  police commissioner to  clear the air on why some crime suspects regain freedom from the police net and back in society  to pose more threats a few days or months  after their arrests.

Responding, Awunah said, “in administration of justice, it is not only the police that is involved. You have the court system, you have the witness system and you have the ministry of justice.

“Sometimes, the police cannot kill. We don’t kill. If you arrest anybody for any offence, you must go through the mill of justice. Sometimes when you see a bail, a bail is not the end of justice.

“The law provides that anybody who commits an offence is bailable except murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and there is abundant evidence, you cannot be granted bail.

“Sometimes, when these suspects are arraigned in court and no one comes to give evidence, the magistrate will have no other option but to release them.

“This is because in our criminal justice system, everybody is a suspect until proved otherwise. Even if you see him killing somebody but you did not go to court to bear witness that he used this weapon to kill this person, he will be set free.”

The CP thanked the general public, especially the various vigilance groups for supporting the police in fighting crimes, noting that cultism remained central to most of the crimes being committed in the state.

In his welcome address, the Assistant Police Commissioner in charge of Yenagoa Area Command, Mr. John Actsu, described the CP ‘s visit as a morale booster.

Traditional rulers, vigilance groups and various community representatives were in attendance.

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