Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command in swift operations have arrested of four male suspects involved in different offences and recovered four firearms, fifteen live and one expended cartridges, three snatched/stolen vehicles, sixteen phones of different makes and some SIM cards, four power banks, Military wears, two daggers, some quantities of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp and other incriminating items.
The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the command, Daniel Ndukwe (ASP) revealed this in a press release.
Ndukwe said that the operations were carried out by operatives attached to Enugu Area Command, Awkunanaw and 9th Mile Police Divisions of the Command.
“On 06/05/2021 at about 7.45pm Police Operatives attached to Awkunanaw Police Division, recovered one locally-made double-barreled pistol with two live cartridges and a green-coloured Volkswagen Sharon Vehicle said to have been snatched from its driver on 27/04/2021 at 8.00pm by a gang of armed robbers, who also robbed the passengers of their belongings.
“Acting on intelligence, the Operatives trailed the gang to Amagunze in Nkanu East L.G.A., where they were engaged in a gun duel by them. However, the criminals who could not withstand the superior firepower of the Operatives, escaped into the bush abandoning the vehicle and firearm.” Ndukwe said.
The PPRO said that operatives attached to 9th Mile Police Division on 04/05/2021 at about 8.41pm, arrested Barnabas Anton aged 20 of Ugwuto-Nsude in Udi LGA, he said his arrest was sequel to the receipt of an intelligence report linking him to an armed robbery gang that snatched a Toyota Camry Car from its owner same date at about 8.00pm.
The armed robbers according to him abandoned the vehicle and escaped, following intense pressure mounted by the operatives to apprehend them, leaving behind one cut-to-size locally-made revolver gun, two locally-made pistols with thirteen live and one expended cartridges.
“In another development, Operatives attached to Enugu Area Command on 03/05/2021 at about 5.30am, arrested one Christopher Edwin Agaba aged 26, of CBQ 17, 82 Division Barracks, Enugu and Ugwu Chinwendu Marvelous aged 23, of No. 16 Thinker’s Corner Road, Abakpa-Nike, Enugu; and recovered sixteen mobile phones of different makes with some SIM cardards, one stabilizer, four power banks, Nigerian Army wears and insignias, all of which they could not account for, and some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp. The Operatives arrested the duo in a location popularly called South Africa, Beside 82 Division Army Barracks’ Mammy Market, Abakpa-Nike Enugu, following credible information received about their criminal activities.
“Furthermore, Operatives of the same Area Command, following a distress call received on 19/04/2021 at about 8.40am, rescued and arrested one Ugo Nweke aged 34, of Cabinet-Amahausa, Obiagu, Enugu, from an angry mob that caught him at Oye-Emene, Enugu, mobbed and was at the verge of setting him ablaze for allegedly stealing a yellow-coloured Toyota Hiace Commercial Bus from where it was parked at Texaco, Abakpa-Nike, Enugu. The said vehicle has been recovered.” He pointed out.
Ndukwe said that all the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, while commending the operatives for successfully carrying out the operations, has charged officers and men of the command to remain resolute and committed to the quest of ridding the State of unrepentant criminals and their activities.
He also applauded and enjoined law-abiding Ndi Enugu to continue to assist the Police with timely and credible information needed to further curb acts of crime and criminality in the State.