There was jubilation at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters in
Owerri on Wednesday as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad
arrested two wanted suspected armed robbers and killers.
the suspects, Kachi Nwalolo, 21, and Chukwuebuka Esoga, aka Kaka, 21,
the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, said they were operating in
Nigerian Army uniform.
The CP said apart from being armed robbers, the suspects were known for killing and abducting innocent persons.
Ladodo said that apart from being on the police wanted list, the suspects had also been declared wanted by the state government.
According to him, the arrest of the suspects was a major breakthrough for the command.
He commended the SARS Commander, Victor Godfrey, and his team for what he called a professional operation.
The CP expressed optimism that residents and traders at the busy Douglas Road in Owerri would now be able to rest.
Apart from guns, the CP said a Glo SIM card and three MTN SIM cards were recovered from the suspects.
stated, “I present to you Imo’s most wanted armed robbers and serial
killers in recent times. I am happy and walking tall because of this
wonderful breakthrough. I commend the SARS commander, Victor Godfrey,
and his team for an exceptional job.
“The suspects have made
confessional statements about their involvement in robbery and killings.
We seek cooperation from members of the public in our commitment to
fighting criminals to a standstill in the state.”
One of the suspects, Esoga, said he wanted to see his mother so as to apologise to her for not being “a good boy.”
suspect, who sustained gunshot injuries, said, “Please call my mother
for me. I want to apologise to her for not being a son she wanted me to
be. Intimidation by Owerri people led me to crime. They were always
intimidating me and taking my goods on Douglas Road before I joined
crime. Please bring my mother to me, I want to apologise to her.”
the personnel of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested 15
persons across the state for committing various offences ranging from
armed robbery to murder.
Parading the suspects on Wednesday at
the command headquarters, Enugu, the state Commissioner of Police,
Ahmad Abdur-rahman, said the arrests were made possible through
intelligence-led policing measures put in place by the command to tackle
insecurity in the state.
Abdur-rahman said the reason he was
sent to Enugu by the Inspector-General of Police was being fulfilled,
adding, “We are striving towards reducing crime to the barest minimum
through proactive measures without losing sight of the respect for human
rights and the rule of law.”
He gave the breakdown of how the suspects were arrested and the offences they allegedly committed.
to him, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had last Friday
arrested three members of an armed robbery gang that specialised in
robbing mobile money agents in the state.
The suspects, Nweke
Friday, 24; Ochie Fidelis, 28; and Oluchi Chinedu, 33, allegedly robbed a
Point of Sale outlet at Gariki Awkunanaw and stole the sum of N6m,
which they shared among themselves, but luck ran out on them when they
were arrested on September 25 by SARS operatives at their hideouts.
CP said Chinedu, a mother of six and a widow, was arrested for
conspiracy, harbouring and keeping weapons for the gang members.
suspects paraded by the CP were Anieberi Henry, 25; Nnanna Ojike, 29;
and Anieberi Ugochukwu, 20, who hail from Umulumgbe in the Udi Local
Government Area of the state, for alleged armed robbery and conspiracy.
were said to have been terrorising the community until September 29,
2019, when they were apprehended by SARS operatives at their hideouts.