The Anambra State police command has arrested nine robbery suspects who specialize in one chance robbery and handbag snatching in the state.
This was contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra State Command, SP Haruna Mohammed.
Mohammed said arms were recovered from the suspects, while 2 bags of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa, different handsets, laptops and other incriminating items reasonably suspected to have been stolen from their victims, were also recovered.
“On the 15/12/2019 following credible intelligence report, operatives attached to the Command Special Anti cult unit (SPACS) in conjunction with operation Kpochakpu II arrested the following suspects inside the forest at Nkwelle-Ezunanka in Oyi LGA of Anambra State.”
Mohammed gave the names of the arrested suspect as:
(1). Ikechukwu Ezeh aka Mopol ‘m’ aged 34yrs from Okija in Ihiala LGA,
(2). Jude Nwachukwu ‘m’ aged 24yrs from Ebonyi,
(3). Samuel Egbe ‘m’ aged 25yrs from Ebonyi,
(4). Chukwudi Augustine ‘m’ aged 24 yrs from Ebonyi,
(5).Jacob Godwin ‘m’ aged 22 yrs from Ebonyi,
(6). Paul Linus ‘m’ aged 26yrs from Ebonyi,
(7). Uche Okoye ‘m’ aged 27yrs from Anambra and,
(8) one Augustine Uzokwa ‘m’ aged 26yrs from Anambra State respectively.
“Suspects were part of the gang allegedly involved in series of armed robbery/phones and handbags snatching within Onitsha and environs,” he said.
“Exhibits recovered from them includes one double barrel gun, one single barrel gun, two (2) big bags containing weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa (Indian hemp), 2 computer laptops, 19 pieces of cell phones, locally made bunkers for inhaling hard drugs.”
Other items are “Charms of different categories, packets of Roller use to wrap hard drugs, 44 lighters, 3 packs of cotton bud, 2 bottles of perfumes, cash sum of #42,500 Naira and other incriminating items.”
Adding that in a related development, at about 1:20pm of today 15/12/2019, Police patrol team attached to Awada Division responded to a distress call at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha and arrested one Arinze Ozemenam aka Arewa, (a notorious robbery suspect terrorizing Upper Iweka axis) aged 22yrs of Army Barracks, Onitsha.
“Suspect allegedly wayled one Emeka Nweke ‘m’ of Nkpor and robbed him of physical cash and other belongings while returning from the Church Service at Goodness and Mercy Park.”
He however confirmed that all the cases are currently under investigation, and that the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution when investigation is concluded.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang, fdc enjoins the Public whose handsets/laptops were either snatched or stolen through similar modus to report at the Special Anti cult unit Enugwu-ukwu with proof of ownership in order to claim their properties and also give further evidence to aid Police investigation.
The Command assures the public that it will continue to deny criminals the opportunity to operate, through intensive patrols, continuous raids on black-spots and criminal hideouts, and intelligence gathering in order to enable residents of the state enjoy the Yuletide peacefully.