A gang of notorious criminals have been arrested after they stripped a police DPO naked and cut off his ear.
According to a statement released by the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Akwuzu Okechukwu, the DPO had led his team to raid the den of the gang and at the end of the raid, three leaders of the gang, Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo, Chidi Nwankwo and Udoye Kenechukwu, were nabbed after previous attempts by the Force Criminal Investigations Department (Force CID), Abuja and Zone 9 Headquarters, Umuahia, had failed to apprehend them.
“On 17/02/2016 at about 9am hours, one Okechukwu Udezuka of Oraifite and Ebuka, surname unknown, were shot dead at Tarzan, Nkpor, by a gang of armed robbers. In the course of investigation, two persons namely Emamanuel Nwabudu, Chigozie Nweke, a.k.a Achito, were arrested.
The suspects named one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo of Nanka and others as those that attacked and killed Okechukwu Udezuka and Ebuka. Every attempt to arrest Ifedidilichukwu and his gang members proved abortive. The gang burnt down a police Hilux Jeep during an arrest in the community.
On 20/06/2016, a team led by the DPO, was ambushed at Nanka by the gang when they went to effect arrest. The DPO was robbed of his handset and sums of money.
He was stripped naked and one of his ears chopped off. Equally, his official uniform was torn to shreds. The DPO, who narrowly escaped death, is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital,” the statement said.
According to the police spokesman, the arrest of the gang members is a big plus for the police as they had been terrorizing Nanka and its environs for years and were linked to several robberies, kidnapping, rape and murders in the region.