In a renewed efforts to combat acts of crime and criminality in Enugu State; a total of nine suspects involved in the offences of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, attempted kidnapping, stealing, adulteration of beverages and cultism have been arrested.
In line with the avowed commitment of the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Aliyu has vowed to deploy best policing strategies, including utilizing the re-jigged Community Policing Model of the Nigeria Police Force.
The arrests of the criminals led to the recovery of several incriminating items, including arms and ammunition, motor vehicle and tricycle, telecom solar inverter batteries, bottles of different brands of wine suspected to be fake and adulterated, among other items.
While giving a brief descriptions and breakdown by the police indicate Conspiracy, Vandalism and Stealing of MTN Telecom Solar Inverter Batteries Suspects.
It was learnt that on the 20th February, 2021 about 0100hrs, following a distress call received at 9th Miles Police Division that hoodlums were operating at MTN Telecommunications Mast Station located at Ebe Town in Udi L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately swung into action and arrested the suspects.
They include Uzo Kingsley, 26, of Umuezike Umuaga in Udi L.G.A. of the State; Ebere Chibuike, 25, of Aria Road, Enugu; Agu Chinedu, 20, of Works, New Market, Enugu, and Igwe Kingsley, 23, of Works, New Market, Enugu.
However, 16 pieces of Solar Inverter Batteries and a yellow-coloured Hi-Jet Daihatsu Mini Bus with Registration Number: BLF 596 XA and Fleet Number: R-07/8398 they used for the operation were recovered.
However, discreet investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the syndicate and charge them to court.
Other arrested were those who unlawfully possess firearm and those involved in cultism had on 18th February, 2021 about 1800hrs, operatives attached to Anti-Cultism Squad arrested one Agbo Pascal, 25, of Ogige Market Road in Nsukka L.G.A. of the State.
His arrest was sequel to the receipt of credible information that on 15th February, 2021, the suspect, an alleged notorious cultist and leader/executioner of Senior Vikings Confraternity Cult Group, Nsukka Forum, alongside other armed members of the group; attacked a warring faction of the group and caused tension in the area.
Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect confessed to being a member of the cult group and was involved in the said attack, while one locally-made Revolver pistol with four rounds of .9mm live ammunition were recovered from him.
Also, a case of Armed Robbery and attempted Kidnapping Suspects had on 15 February, 2021, about 0600hrs, operatives attached to Enugu Area Command in synergy with Neighbourhood Watch Group, arrested one Edeh Onyekachi, 29, of Eke Obinagu, Emene, Enugu.
His arrest was as a result of a distress call received that a victim was being kidnapped in an Estate at Emene, Enugu by suspected kidnappers. The victim was rescued unhurt, while other members of the kidnap gang escaped after a hot chase by the Team.
Recovered is one cut-to-size locally-made gun with seven rounds of live cartridges was recovered from the suspect; while discreet investigation is ongoing to arrest fleeing members of the gang and charge them to court.
In the case of Conspiracy, Stealing and Adulteration of Beverages the following Suspects were arrested by Operatives attached to Abakpa Police Division.
The arrested suspect Chinedu Ibekwe, 36 and his wife Blessing Ibekwe, 26, both of Ndiagu-Amaechi, Awkunanaw, Enugu.
Their arrest was due to a report received that the duo stole bottles of different brands of wine valued at N170,000.00 at LSG Supermarket in Abakpa-Nike Enugu, by unsuspectingly swapping them with fake and adulterated ones they brought in their car, after claiming that bank transfer payment they initiated on their bank’s mobile application platform failed.
Preliminary investigation shows that they confessed to the crime and led the Operatives to the arrest of one Onyinye Nebo, 38, of Amagugu Road, Amaechi Awkunanaw, Enugu, alleged to be the producer of the suspected fake and adulterated bottles of different brands of wine they used in stealing the original products as revealed in different supermarkets within Enugu City.
The items include 15 bottles of the suspected fake and adulterated brands of wine, including seven Hennessy bottles, four bottles of Remy Martins, one bottle of Glenfiddich and one bottle of Johnny Walker Double Black as well as a Toyota Camry 2.4 Model car with Registration No: AGL 181 FR; they used for the criminal operations were recovered. The suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
To this end, the Commissioner, while commending efforts of the Operatives involved in these operational breakthroughs, has charged Area Commanders, DPOs and Commanders of Tactical/Operational Units in the Command to sustain the increasing tempo in crime detection and prevention as well as the maintenance of public security and safety in the State. He warns that lapses of any kind will not be tolerated.
He also appreciates the supports received from law-abiding citizens and Neighbourhood Watch Group, which helped in making the breakthroughs possible.
He further calls on residents of the State to promptly report suspected criminals and acts of criminality to the nearest Police Station by calling the Command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 080866712020 or 08098880172; or send an E-mail to: email@example.com.