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The Enugu State Police Command on Saturday declared that it has apprehended three criminal suspects for armed robbery and car snatching.
A statement by Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, stated that the suspects, who were apprehended with the joint effort of the Neighbourhood Watch Group in various parts of the state, had admitted to the criminalities.
Ndukwe disclosed that two vehicles, three guns, one live cartridge, two daggers, one mobile phone, and other implicating items were recovered from the suspects.
He said, “On 17/05/2021, our operatives attached to Abakaliki Road Division, acting on intelligence, arrested in Ishielu L.G.A. of Ebonyi State, one Chidiebere Okoye aged 22 and Ede Ifeanyi aged 25, both of Onuasata, Enugu.
“Their arrest led to the recovery of one (1) locally-made pistol, one (1) dagger, and an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car with registration number: GGE 547 GT that the duo and gang members at large allegedly snatched from their victim at gunpoint on 10/05/2021.
“Similarly, Police Operatives attached to Nsukka Urban Division in synergy with Neighbourhood Watch Group, on 13/05/2021 at about 23:56hrs intercepted a red-coloured Toyota Avensus car with Reg. No. XFST 968 AA, suspected to have been stolen, along Urban Girls High School Road, Nsukka.
“The suspects on sighting the operatives abandoned the vehicle and escaped. Upon a thorough search of the recovered vehicle, two (2) cut-to-size single-barreled guns, one (1) live cartridge, one (1) TECNO Phone, and other incriminating items were further recovered.
“Also on 13/05/2021, at about 1600hrs, acting on credible information, our operatives attached to Awkunanaw Police Division arrested one Miracle Ogba (18), following a report that armed robbers had invaded a shop at Garriki and stabbed one of their victims after robbing them of cash, mobile phones, and other personal effects. The suspect confessed to the crime, while a dagger allegedly used to stab the said victim, who was rushed to a nearby hospital and is responding to treatment, has been recovered.”
Meanwhile, the PPRO said a subtle investigation had started to find the escaped criminal suspects, stating that all the suspects would be charged to court after the end of the investigation.
Ndukwe disclosed that the Commissioner, Mohammed Aliyu, had commended the agents involved in the operations and requested all officers of the Command to stay firm and strong in the mission to eradicate impenitent criminal elements and their deeds in the state.
He cited the Commissioner to have requested the officers to withstand the measure to accomplish the directives of the newly official inauguration of, “Operation Restore Peace” for the South-East, by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
“The Commissioner also enjoined the peace-loving people of the state to continue to support the Police by remaining law-abiding, vigilant, and promptly report suspected criminals and acts of criminality to the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s Emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.”
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