By Izunna Okafor, Awka
Police, in Anambra State, have rescued three suspected robbers who were nearly set ablaze by angry youths on Tuesday, for a robbery crime.
According to a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the suspects, Mr. Ifeanyi Nsiegbunam (aged 23), Mr. Chinemelum Nwafor (aged 27), and Mr. Nnamdi Nwakwesili (aged 40), were alleged to have robbed a student of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam of her belongings.
He said the suspects were captured and nearly lynched and set ablaze by the angry mob, but the time timely arrival and intervention of some police operatives at the scene saved the suspects them.
The statement reads: “The Commissioner of Police, Anambra Command, CP Echeng Echeng calls on Ndi-Anambra to refrain from engaging in jungle justice.
“The CP made this call today Tuesday 8/3/2022, following an attempt by an angry mob to set three (3) alleged armed robbery suspects on fire. The timely arrival and intervention of some police operatives at the scene saved the suspects from being lynched.
“The suspects: lfeanyi Nsiegbunam ‘M’ 23years, Chinemelum Nwafor ‘M’ 27years, Nnamdi Nwakwesili ‘M’ 40yrs, were alleged to have on 05/03/2022 at about 10am, dispossessed a student of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, of her belongings.
“Incriminating items found and recovered from the suspects include: one locally made single barrel pistol, a white coloured dagger, a big saw, a big hammer, a black and brown coloured lady’s bag, an Infinix phone, a black Panasonic phone and three (3) phone chargers.
“The CP who was full of thanks to the public for the arrest of the three suspects and for their continuous assistance to the Police in the fight against crimes in the State, however, enjoins them to always follow the due process by handing over arrested suspects to the Police.
“He notes that this would afford the Police opportunity to conduct appropriate investigation and prosecution of suspects and ensure justice.
“Meanwhile, the CP assures that the three rescued suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”