Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested six-man armed robbery gang that has been terrorising Ugbo Odogwu and Trans Ekulu area of the state.
The police disclosed the names of the suspects as Eneh Ekene (male), aged 35yrs; Ani Chinedu (male, also known as “Doctor”), aged 32yrs; Chidiebere Ogwudire (male), aged 21yrs; Jideofor Onyedika (male, also known as “Tupac”), aged 32yrs; Okeugwu Chidera (male), aged 22yrs; and Sunday Okereke (male, also known as “Obere”), aged 24yrs.
The police further disclosed that the suspects were arrested following intelligence gathered by the Command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which led to the arrest of Eneh Ekene at Ugbo-Odogwu, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu on 24th March, 2020 at about 2300hrs.
“When Ekene was arrested with one Bajaj Tricyle (Keke), with Reg. No. ENU 372 WB, which he bought from the gang at rate of N150, 000.00, was recovered.
“Subsequently the suspect led the operatives to where they arrested Ani Chinedu and Chidiebere, Ogwudire who allegedly sold the Tricycle to him and on 25th March, 2020, the suspects further led the operatives to the same Ugbo-Odogwu area, where Jideofor Onyedika was arrested, while one (1) AK-47 rifle with No. 12097 and three (3) live ammunition, and one (1) cutlass were recovered as well as other items such as one Infinix Hot and Samsung Galaxy S7 phones.
According to the police public relations officer, PPRO, Daniel Ndukwe Ekea, preliminary investigation showed that the suspects had been involved in several armed robbery operations in the State, while further investigation is ongoing to identify, arrest and prosecute other members of the gang now at large.
Ekea said that, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, has enjoined the law-abiding citizens of the State to remain vigilante and report criminals and acts of criminality to the Police, reaffirmed the Command’s commitment to make life unbearable for unrepentant criminal elements in the State, especially in these trying times of the COVID-19 scourge.
The Commissioner commended the Operatives for their efforts, while charging all Officers in the Command to remain resolute and redouble their efforts in ensuring that the State remains peaceful and crime-free even in the face of the ravaging and fatal Virus.