By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Two notorious armed robbery suspects who specialise in one chance robbery and handsets snatching along Ogidi-Nkpor-Tarzan and Umunya axis have been arrested by the police in Anambra State.
The suspects are, Chukwuemeka Ikechukwu, (22) and Tochukwu Okeke, 30-year-old, indigene of Nkwelle Ukeh in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed who confirmed the arrest said suspects were part of the gang allegedly involved in series of Armed robbery and handset snatching operating within Ogidi, Nkpor, Tarzan, Umunya, Odomodo, tollgate axis and its environs.
He said, “On the 6/09/2020 at about 4:30am, following credible intelligence report, police operatives attached Ogbunike Division smashed a robbery syndicate and arrested the following suspects.
“Meanwhile, the Command enjoins the Public whose handsets and other belongings were either snatched or stolen through similar modus to report at Ogbunike division or the Comnand Special Anti Robbery Squad Akwuzu in order to claim their property and also give further evidence to aid Police investigation.
“Consequently, it is interesting to note that one major factor responsible for the overall successes recorded by the Command are the support of “Ndi Anambra” and residents alike who were observed to have been very cooperative with the personnel of the security agencies.
“The Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang acknowledges this fact and urges the Public to sustain this level of cooperation with the Police at all times especially during this period of “EMBER MONTHS” in order to enhance safety and security in the State”.
According to Mohammed, exhibits recovered from the suspects include, one automatic pump action with breech no 12776, one English manurhin pistol, one dagger, two hand bags, twelve assorted handsets, one purse containing recharge cards of various denomination, one tricycle Keke with REG.number NSH 299 QH.
Others were, one locked Safe containing unspecified amount of money and cash sum of Two hundred and ninety Six thousand Naira(#296,000) all reasonably suspected to have been snatched from different Victims.
He said that case is under investigation after which suspects would be brought to book.