• Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

ZONE 2 ZONAL HEADQUARTERS: Police Arrests 9 Suspects Over N80 Million Fiber Theft In Lagos

“Tinubu Press Convoy Attack, Police Apprehend 8 Suspects”

Following the recent attack of the press convoy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria Police Force, Zone 2 Command Headquarters has arrested eight (8) suspects linked to the incident.

The Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Hauwa Idris-Adamu, revealed this during a press conference at the Zonal Headquarters in Lagos, today.

According to Hauwa, some of the suspects had confessed to be members of various cults even as she acknowledged that a principal suspect had been identified as the sponsor of the crime.

Her words: “These are suspected cultists and hoodlums who attacked the press crew of the APC entourage on the day they were to visit the Oba of Lagos. You would recall that the incident occured at noon on June 19th, 2022. The press convoy was attacked and this was being sponsored by someone who we wouldn’t mention until he is in Police custody.”

“Following investigations, these suspects were arrested and they all confessed to have committed the crime. They also belong to various cult fraternities. Investigations are still ongoing and we would get back to the press as soon as we have the principal suspect.”

The PPRO who also paraded nine other suspects in connection with theft of optic fiber cables worth about N80 million, said they were arrested by the Zone’s monitoring unit, led by CSP Uba Adams, after he received intelligence on June 20.

“We busted the chain of the suspected armed robbery syndicate at the Alaba International Market in the Ojo area of the state and recovered the entire cables stolen from a company in Yaba, valued at N80 million.

The robbers stormed Jus Partners Cosmopolitan Limited, a telecommunications consultancy, at Yaba,on June 20, 2022, tied the security guards on duty and made away with 16 drums of 96 Core Starlite Optic cables, estimated at N80 million.

“Giving this criminal act, the company’s management petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Bode Adeleke, who consequently detailed CSP Uba Adams -led Zonal Monitoring Unit (ZMU), to uncover the cabals.

The Unit, immediately swung into action, and deployed its technical and Intelligence-based investigation.

“A team of covert detectives accompanied the complainant into the market and directed the company’s representative to pretentiously walk into the heart of the business community on market survey of the particular cables.

“This idea turned out fruitful as the first person the the company’s representative met, though in the business of buying and selling of such items, later gave the investigating team a leeway into nabbing the culprits.

“Photographs of the exact cable were shown, and to show commitment, the company was directed to make a down payment of N500,000 before the company’s representative could be taken to the warehouse, a deal that was struck and money remitted into the account of one Felix Onyema, who turned out to be the principal suspect.

Eventually, the cables were recovered from Felix Onyema’s residence at Sibiri, who has since then gone into hiding.

Afterwards, all the seven suspects, neck deep in the criminal act, were nabbed by the operatives and taken to the Zone 2 Police Command”.

The Zone 2 PPRO gave the identities of the culprits as Sunday Alagbogu, 47; Celestine Nnailo, 40; Obinna Jonathan; Onyedika Vincent, 22; Sylvester Nwajagu, 47; Obinna Onu, 39 and 32-year-old Blessing, wife of the principal suspect, Felix Onyema, who is currently at large.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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