Police in Enugu arrests 8 kidnap suspects


The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it has arrested eight people for alleged kidnapping, possession of firearm, armed robbery and cultism in different parts of the state.

It said five firearms including an AK-47 rifle, 10 live cartridges and 1 empty shell of 7.62mm calibre of ammunition, two motor vehicles, two tricycles, six motorcycles, one dagger and machete each, and weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp were recovered during the operations.

A statement by the Command’s spokesman Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to our correspondent, disclosed that the feet achieved following a strategies emplaced by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Aliyu, to actualize the mandates of Operation Restore Peace in the State.

Ndukwe said the Commissioner had applauded the achievement and charged his operatives to remain resolute in the quest to maximally actualize mandates of ‘Operation RP’ in the State.

The statement titled: “Operation Restore Peace: Enugu police operatives arrest 8 males suspects for different offences, recover ak-47 and other firearms, ammunition, motor vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles and other incriminating items” partly read:

“On 13/06/2021 at about 0830hrs, Police Operatives of the Command attached to Anti-Cultism Squad, arrested one Nwaokor Chinonso aged 27, of Akpugo Community in Nkanu West L.G.A., after they swiftly responded to credible information alleging that a group of armed cultists where breaching public peace at Obofia Community in Nkanu West L.G.A. of the State.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of Vikings Confraternity and that the cult group was having a meeting in the area before the Operatives busted them. (2) locally-made double-barreled pistols, 7 live cartridges, (1) Black-coloured Toyota Camry and (1) Black-coloured Honda Accord with registration Nos.: UWN 394 GU and BDG 14 EG respectively, 2 Yellow-coloured Tricycles with registration Nos.: ENU 518 WN and JRV 228 VD respectively, (6) Motorcycles of different make, empty bottles of Squadron Drink and some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, were recovered. Meanwhile, further discreet investigation to arrest the fleeing suspects is ongoing.

“The above is even as Police Operatives of the Command attached to Oji-River Police Division, in synergy with Men of Neighborhood Watch, recovered an AK-47 rifle with breech number: 038244 without magazine, in a thicket at Ude Village in Ugwuoba Community of Oji-River LGA on 08/06/2021 at about 1700hrs.

“The recovery is sequel to the Operatives storming the thicket on receipt of credible information, alleging that a group of armed hoodlums were sighted perfecting plans to carry out armed robbery operations. Meanwhile, intense discreet investigation has been launched to fish out and bring the hoodlums to book.

“Also, on 06/06/2021 at about 0530hrs, Police Operatives attached to Anti-Cultism Squad of the Command, arrested one Onyekachukwu Obiagu (a.k.a “Condom”) aged 20, Ifeacho Chisom (a.ka. “Gatuso”) aged 19 and Chimobi Ozor (a.k.a. “Pessi”) aged 20, all of Ugwuagor Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, following the receipt of a distress call. Upon conducting on the suspects, who confessed to being members of Black Axe Confraternity, (1) cut-to-size locally-made single-barreled gun loaded with (1) live cartridge, was recovered from them. Further discreet investigation into the case is ongoing.

“Similarly, Operatives attached to Ogui Police Division on 04/06/2021 at about 1200hrs, arrested one Alfred Erhiano aged 29, of Bedright Street, Uwani Enugu, based on intelligence; and recovered (1) locally-made pistol with (2) live cartridges and (1) empty shell of 7.62mm calibre ammunition.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect led the Operatives to the arrest of one Emeka Orajiaka aged 37, of Nnaji Street, Uwani Enugu; whom he claimed gave him the said firearm and ammunition. Meanwhile, the case is undergoing further discreet investigation at the State CID.

“In another development, based on intelligence, Operatives attached to Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, on 03/06/2021 at about 1000hrs, arrested one Arinze Ozoguji (a.k.a “Oscar”) aged 22 and Chinecherem Omesu (a.k.a “Teeth”) aged 17, both of No. 91 Ogui Road and No. 32 Richard Extension, respectively in Asata, Enugu; in their criminal hideout in Mararaba Town of Nasarawa State.

“Their arrest is in furtherance of an ongoing investigation into a case of kidnapping, armed robbery and other offences in which other members of their criminal gang had been arrested, charged to Court and are remanded in Nigerian Correctional Centre Custody. The suspects confessed to the crime, while (1) machete and (1) dagger were recovered from them.”



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