Officers of the Abia State Police Command have reportedly arrested six members of a notorious armed robbery gang operating in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, and its environs.
The robbers were reportedly arrested by a team of detectives attached to the Ndiegoro Police Division in Aba, led by its Divisional Police Officer, SP Alphonsus Ayang.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, commended Ayang and his men for doing a good work and stated that the suspects would be handed over to the department responsible for continued investigation of the matter.
“We are still investigating because we have to do that to know the culpability of the suspects.
“The team has done a good work and what is remaining now is to hand it over to the body that can finish the work like the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) that can investigate robbery cases,” he said.
But a source at Ndiegoro disclosed that the suspects were arrested at two different locations within Ndiegoro and Ogbor-Hill axis.
The source who gave the names of the suspects as Ikenna Hezie of No 5B Onyere street Aba, Okam Ude(18) of Iheorji Avenue Aba, Johnson Daniel Kalu (21) of Railway Street Aba, Edet Kufre (27) of No 15B Ikemba street, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, adding that arms and live ammunition were equally recovered from them.
According to the source, Hezie was arrested with one locally made pistol with two live cartridges; Ude was arrested also with one locally made pistol and two live cartridges.
The source further stated that Kalu was arrested with one locally made pistol with four rounds of live ammunition, and Kufre had two locally made pistols and five rounds of 9mm live ammunition during his arrest.
“On February 17, at about 14:55, through information from their partners in crime, Chinonso Onyema (22) of No 56 Federal School Road Aba and Chinedu Ezerioha (31) aka Tata of No 11, Emenike Street, Aba were arrested.”
The source also said that one locally made pistol was recovered from the spot where Onyema was arrested.
According to the police source, some of the suspects also admitted ownership of the recovered weapons hence their cases will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Umuahia.