The story of ‘Solomon the Terror’, a notorious robber who specialized in killing policemen at checkpoints.
Solomon John popularly known as “Solomon the terror” has succeeded in teaching every policeman and officer, especially at checkpoints, that the fear of Solomon John is the beginning of wisdom.
This is because he and his three-member gang are known for killing policemen at the checkpoints and collecting their rifles and ammunition for use in robbery operations.
The Eagle Crack Squad of the Rivers State Police Command recently caused the fear to switch side when they arrested the 23 year old notorious rubber.
During the search of his house at Rumuokoro roundabout, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, they recovered AK-47 rifles, police arms and ammunition.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mukau, told Saturday Sun that the Eagle Crack Squad, led by its commander, Ibrahim Mohammed, and his operatives, stormed the hideout of the hoodlum at Mile 1 and Woji areas of Port Harcourt.
There, they captured some criminals and recovered police rifles and ammunition. The criminals escaped, abandoning the arms and ammunition.
The Squad however made one of their biggest breaks when they captured a grey-colour Toyota Corolla Car with a Reg. No: Rivers RGM 345 AA. They found in it Solomon John who had been on their wanted list for a long time and quickly arrested him.
Although he was handcuffed, he later mysteriously escaped with his handcuffs. Luckily, the police detectives succeeded in re-arresting him. They later stormed his house and recovered one AK-47 rifle, batch no. 56-2512271, with five magazines and 33 rounds of live ammunition.
They also broke into the hideout of another gang leader called Chimezie Bright. Mukau explained that the two suspects and their gang members had killed policemen at their various duty posts and collected their rifles, which they used to terrorize residents of Port Harcourt.
The detectives recovered from Chimezie whose gang is notorious in Okuru community, Abuloma, Port-Harcourt, 10 police AK-47 rifles and English Beretta pistol.
He added that the SARS Commander, Jovienus Iwuh and his operatives nabbed the suspects after raiding their hideouts in Ikwere, Rumuopi Ikom, Aba Road, Port-Harcourt.
“The Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the Anti-Cultism Squad raided all the black spots in Abonnema Town, Akuku Toru Local Government Areas of Rivers State and recovered over 30 AK-47rifles and 90 round live ammunitions from the hideouts,” he said. “Most of the criminals abandoned their arms and ammunition and escaped. It was a big task for the command when over 40 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers were arrested in various places in Port-Harourt: Eleme, Oyigbo, Mini-Okoro Omoku axis and recovered 10 AK-47 rifles, 20 pump action rifles and magazines. About 200 cartridges were discovered in their houses.”
Mukau warned criminals to relocate from Rivers State, vowing to deal with them saying “and we will not have mercy.”
He further informed Saturday Sun that the arrested suspects will be charged to court after the conclusion of police investigation.