Police Operatives Nab Eight Armed Robbery Suspects, Recover Firearms/Ammunition


Police operatives attached to the Anambra State Command have recorded cases of interest to members of the public. According to a press statement its spokesperson CSP Haruna Mohammed.

Mohammed stated that through an intelligence report, police operatives attached to Oko Division arrested one Blessing Uche Marcel Ukogu, ‘male’, aged about 25 years, of Akabor Village, Osunmeyi in Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State but residing at Abo-Dutse, Abuja.

Suspect allegedly stole a Toyota Corolla model 2005 from Abuja. Suspect and exhibit handed over to FCT Command for further investigation.

Following also intelligence report, police operatives attached to 3-3 Division, in collaboration with the local vigilante group, arrested one Debele Chukwu Mbanugo, ‘male’, aged 20 years, of Nkwelle Ezunaka.

Exhibit recovered in his possession include one pump action rifle which he admitted to have stolen from 3-3 Police Station during the #Endsars protests.

Furthermore, an intelligence report stated that police operatives attached to Okija Division, arrested one Chinaza Okoma, ‘male’, aged 25 years, and Onyebuchi Maduka, ‘male’, aged 24 years, both of 3-3 area, Onitsha.

Suspects were arrested inside a residential apartment at Oghalebu, Okija with two pump action rifles, and eleven cartridges which they could not give satisfactory account of.

In the same vein, police Operatives of Puff Adder in conjunction with a police patrol team attached to Ogbaru Division, arrested one Ebuka Obaze, ‘male’, aged 22 years, of Ochuche Village, Umuodo in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State. Exhibit recovered in his possession include a cut to size locally made double barrel gun.

Puff Adder operatives, in conjunction with a patrol team attached to Otoucha Division, responded to a distress call around Igbariam and arrested one Paul Odowe, ‘male’, aged 29 years, from Ebonyi State. Suspect allegedly robbed a lady of her handset and other valuables at gunpoint. He voluntarily confessed and exhibits recovered in his possession include 3 phones,one pump action rifle,one cartridge and one unregistered motorcycle used in perpetrating the act.

Also Police patrol team attached to Inland Town Division, arrested one Bright Blessed Nnakwe, ‘male’, aged 27 years, of Umueze Village, Anam in Anambra West LGA. Exhibit recovered in his possession include one English made pistol and a magazine.

In addition, a credible intelligence report about a secret cult initiation, police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti-Cult Unit, arrested the following suspects:
Duru David, ‘male’, aged 22 years;
Ugochukwu Meniru, ‘male’, aged 20 years; Nwaoba Chukwudi, ‘male’, aged 20 years; Kalu Chukwudi, ‘male’, aged 18 years, and Nyayelu Oputa, ‘male’, aged 18 years.

According to Mohammed, the suspects confessed to be members of a secret cult group called, “PAYTON CONFRATERNITY”.

The State Command Anti-Cult Unit arrested the following suspects from various hideouts at Ogidi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State. They are: Okpoto Chukwudi, ‘male’, aged 20 years; Odo Arinze, ‘male’, aged 22 years; Eze Izuchukwu, ‘male’, aged 23 years, all natives of Izamgbo Town in Ohaumwu LGA of Ebonyi State.

Suspects voluntarily confessed to be members of “Vikings Confraternity”. Exhibits recovered in their possession include one axe and beret.

All cases are under investigation after which suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

“Meanwhile, a total of fifteen (15) suspects, four pump action rifles, one English made pistol, one locally made gun and eleven cartridges, were recovered” Mohammed added.

Recall that the Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas had during his maiden press conference promised to tackle the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, illegal revenue collections and other security challenges in the state. 

The CP also visited black spots and flashpoints at Enugu-Agidi, Ukwulu roads; Toll Gate, Borromeo  roundabou; Head bridge Onitsha; Upper Iweka; Owerri Road/Aba Park and Nkpor Roundabout in Idemili North Local Government Area.

The purpose of the visits was for local knowledge and to obtain first hand information about the pattern of crimes being perpetrated in those areas with a view to curtailing them through effective deployment and visibility patrols.