The Anambra State Police Command have arrested three suspects for allegedly stealing an air-conditioned Toyota Urban bus with registration No AE 443-E01, popularly called Hummer, property of the Anambra State Government.
According to the police, the suspects were arrested 5am yesterday morning by the Criminal Investigation Department of the command led by Mike Okoli, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
They gave their names as Chidi Onyia, 29, from Awgwu in Enugu state, Emeka Chinwuko 23 yrs driver from Nwafia in Njikoka Council Area of Anambra State, and Chukwuma Paul Nworah 21 years old welder, also from Anambra state.
The suspects were said to have invaded the residence of one Davidson Nwafor, a driver with the Anambra State Government for past 20 years, some days ago, with dangerous weapons including axes and ordered him and his wife to surrender the keys to the government vehicle under their care or hacked to death.
So for fear of losing their lives, the couple complied with their request. Instantly the suspects drove the vehicle to Abuja and to Lagos respectively desperately in search of buyers, before information leaked to the state police command. Detectives were then dispatched to Lagos who posed also as interested potential buyers. But at the nick of time arrested the suspects at Apapa and brought them to Awka.
Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mallam Muhtari Ibrahim while parading the suspects to news men yesterday at the police headquarters at Amawbia, said his command would stop at nothing in making sure that the state was rid off of criminals.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties, Robert Okonkwo, under whose office the stolen vehicle belonged commended the police for its quick response.
He said that the police had saved the life of the driver who was detained before now by the police, adding that the suspects must face the full wrath of the law.
Looking subdued and remorseful, the three suspects, who cried while being paraded, told reporters that they were pushed to commit the crime by the devil.
One of them, Onyia said that he agreed to commit the crime because he was looking for a way to raise 96, 000 naira charged him by a hospital for his wife\s delivery bills