15 Jan Nigeria: Rivers State Police Neutralizes Cult Leader and Accomplice in Firefight
By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria
In a significant development, the Rivers State Police Command has reported the successful elimination of a notorious cult leader, Silas Oderereke, also known as ‘General,’ and one of his accomplices during a shootout in Oderereke community, Ahoada West Local Government Area.
Oderereke, the leader of the Greenlanders’ cult group in the Ubie clan, had been evading law enforcement for the past four years. The state police confirmed his involvement in various criminal activities, including armed robbery, land grabbing, unauthorized sale of buildings, and violent attacks against those opposing them.
The operation unfolded on , when the police received intelligence about Oderereke’s gang planning a robbery, which included vandalizing the late monarch Eze Robinson O. Robinson’s property. Responding promptly, the police chased the criminals out of town.
Undeterred, Oderereke and his gang retaliated by launching an attack on a community-owned tank farm in Oderereke, with intentions to loot its contents. During this sabotage attempt, the police apprehended the gang, resulting in a confrontation.
Silas Oderereke and one accomplice opened fire on the police team, leading to an exchange of gunfire. In the ensuing shootout, both were neutralized, while others sustained injuries. Two other clan leaders, Danger-boy and 2-Man, managed to escape and are currently at large.
A subsequent search of the gang’s hideout revealed a G3 Rifle and 19 7.62x51mm ammunition. Further investigations unveiled a camp Oderereke had established between Oderereke and Olokuma communities, serving as a base for criminal activities and robbery attacks on neighboring communities.
Communities affected by the cult group expressed relief, sharing accounts of residents who had relocated due to the mayhem caused by the gang. The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, commended the operatives for their discreet investigation and for neutralizing the criminals.
CP Disu warned cultists and criminal gangs to reform or face the full force of the law, emphasizing the commitment to making the state inhospitable for such elements under his leadership.