IMO State Police Command has arrested a five-man gang of armed robbers who invaded a victim’s (names withheld) compound at Umukabia Nkwerre and took away cash and property.
Among items recovered from the gangsters are a Nissan Xterra Jeep with Reg. No KSF 829 MM, assorted electronic gadgets, a generator and handsets.
The State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu after parading the suspects and 30 others, told newsmen in Owerri that a team was quickly dispatched to the scene where the kingpin, one Chinoso Okoroafor from Ihiala, Anambra State, James Eze, native of Oguta, Onyeka Uchendu from Ubomiri, Mbaitoli LGA and Tina Damian, wife of one of the suspects, were arrested.
He said that another coordinated effort of operatives of the command yielded fruit when the team arrested one Charles Anayo Obi, a native of Amadaba Ibiasoegbe in Oru West LGA and member of a notorious three-man gang of kidnappers.
According to him, Obi is believed to be involved in series of kidnap/armed robbery incidents in the state.
Lakanu pointed out that the suspect had made useful statements to the police, disclosing the identity of other members of the gang still at large.
Also, the police boss said a member of a gang of four robbery suspects, who robbed one Isaac Ugochukwu Mbika of his Sienna car, was arrested.
He said that the arrested suspect, Godwill Amaefule, 36, from Port Harcourt, Rivers State “is now assisting the police to track down other fleeing members of the gang.”
He also disclosed that a gang, who specialized in robbing and raping victims at Akwakuma was smashed through the police.
Lakanu disclosed that one of the nabbed suspects, Chukwudi Nwoke, 24, from Isu in Nwangele LGA had made useful statements that would assist to trace other members still at large.
According to him, operatives of his command also arrested one Charles Anayo Obi (25) from Amadaba Ibiasoegbe in Oru West LGA believed to be a member of a three-man notorious gang of kidnappers involved in series of kidnap/armed robbery incidents in the state in recent times.
He added that the suspect had made revelations that would disclose the identity of other members of the gang still at large.
He appealed to members of the public to assist the police with information that could lead to the arrest of all the criminal elements in the state, adding that any information offered would be kept with utmost secrecy.