Anambra Police Command nabs 5 armed robbery suspects, 37 cultists •Smashes one-chance syndicate

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 5 July 2019 | 2,096 times

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•A cross-section of the suspects

Operation Puff Adder Police in conjunction with patrol team attached to Fegge Division, Onitsha, Anambra State, has arrested certain Ifeanyi No One, an indigene of Agbor, Delta State.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said that the suspect belonged to the notorious one chance robbery syndicate terrorising innocent citizens at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, and dispossessing them of their valuables.

He said that case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

Exhibits recovered from the suspect include one locally made double barrel pistol with two rounds of life ammunition.

Meanwhile, following a tip-off on July 2, 2019, at about 4:30a.m, Puff Adder operatives in collaboration with the Command Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested five suspected armed robbers belonging to the same syndicate.

The suspects include 35-year-old Izuchukwu Ikwuabo; Chidi Ihekuna a.k.a Legit, aged 34 years; Nonso Nnadozie a.k.a small, aged 34 years; 28-year -old Chibueze George a.k.a Dove; and 26-year-old Paul Ngwueche, a.k.a Native Doctor.

According to Mohammed, the suspects were arrested in their hideouts within Okija, Mgbidi in Imo State and Imuhu, Enugu State respectively.

He said that suspects have confessed to participating in series of armed robbery and kidnapping incidents within the state.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects includes 12 rounds of .9mm ammunition and 3 ATM cards belonging to different victims of their robbery attacks even as case is under investigation after which suspects would be brought to justice.

Also in police net are 37 suspected cultists at various locations within the state.

The arrest was carried out by police operatives attached to the Command Puff Adder operatives in collaboration with Special Anti Cult unit (SPACS) in continuation of its raids on criminal hideouts and black spots across the state.

The PPRO said: “On 24/06/2019 at UKPOR axis, 8 suspected cultists arrested. On 25/06 /2019 at MBOSI, 6 suspected cultists arrested. 0n 26 /06 /2019 at Ihiala axis, 4 suspected cultists arrested. On 27/06/2019 at Umunya, 5 suspected cultists arrested. On 28/06/2019, at ULI, 6 suspected cultists arrested. On 29/06/2019, at Obosi, 4 suspected cultists arrested. On 30/06/2019, at Ihiala axis, 4 suspected cultists arrested.

“From all the raids carried out, a total of 37 suspects were arrested out of which 18 were screened out, 8 suspects were charged to court. 4 suspects were placed under police supervision for being under aged while 7 suspects are undergoing investigation.”

Exhibits recovered from the suspects who confessed to being members of different secret cult groups include 6 machetes, 3 improvised bunkers, 3 axes, one Berret belonging to Vikings confraternity and weed suspected to be cannabis sativa.



Source: News Express

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