By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu State Police Command arrested four suspects for various criminal offenses ranging from armed robbery, illegal possession of a firearm, theft and worshiping in the state in one week .
Command public relations officer ASP Daniel Ndukwe said in a statement to Enugu on Friday that police officers recovered three firearms with nine live cartridges and items stolen from suspects.
Ndukwe said that on March 29, around 2:30 p.m., police officers on routine patrol in the Nsude-Udi neighborhood of Old Enugu-Awka Road intercepted and arrested a 25-year-old Chinobi Nwalam on a Toyota Hiace suburban bus.
According to him, police officers recovered a locally made double barreled pistol with two live cartridges from the suspect.
“The suspect, who was turned over to the 9th Mile Police Division for further investigation, confessed to being a member of an armed robbery gang and led police officers attached to the division to their criminal hideout. in the town of Udi.
“The criminal suspects upon seeing police officers engaged them in a duel with a gun, which resulted in one of the suspects being shot and later confirmed dead in hospital, while the others were escaped.
“A small, locally made weapon with seven real cartridges and three different brands of cell phones was recovered from the hiding place of the criminals,” he said.
The police spokesperson said police officers also arrested a 32-year-old Nwachukwu Emeka on March 25 for allegedly belonging to the cult group Vikings Confraternity and a murderous criminal gang operating in and around Nsukka.
“A preliminary investigation shows that the suspect confessed to being a member of the aforementioned sectarian group and of this criminal gang, while a small, locally-made weapon was recovered from him,” he said.
Similarly, Ndukwe said police officers attached to the Isi-Uzo Police Division on March 23 at around 3 p.m. arrested a Kingsley Odo, 18, and Dabere Ezeoba, 19, both from Neke-Uno in the Isi-Uzo council area. .
“The duo allegedly burgled traders’ shops in Neke on March 22 and stole N 8,000 and various household items and electrical cables. They both confessed to the crime, ”he said.
The police spokesman said all the suspects would be charged in court after their respective investigations.
“The CP, while praising the efforts of the agents, instructed them to keep up the pace; even if it also reaffirms the commitment of the Command to rid the State of unrepentant criminal elements, ”he added. (NOPE)
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