Parading the two suspects alongside other criminals arrested by the command on Wednesday, August 26, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hosea Karma, said Ilo who was serving at the Oguta Police Division in Imo State, was arrested on August 20 along with suspected members of his in connection with several cases of armed robbery attacks in the state and other parts of the south-east.
A stolen Lexus jeep which was earlier snatched at the Ozubulu area of the state on June 5, was recovered from the renegade police officer.
The jeep was snatched for one Mrs. Adaeze Ohizu at gun point.
“The police corporal and the arrested suspects have confessed to the crime. Efforts are on to recover their operational weapons and also arrest other fleeing members of the gang.”
According to Karma, Constable Nicholas Ogbuanu, who had been dismissed from the force for some criminal activities, had been parading himself as an officer while extorting money from unsuspecting motorists and other members of the public.
“On August 17, 2015, at about 1pm, a police team led by DSP Bernard Mama, arrested one Nicholas Ogbuanu at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, in police uniform.
The suspect was seen extorting money from a commercial motorcyclist. On interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he was dismissed from the force in 2005.
But Ogbuanu insisted that he was still a serving policeman, saying he was still in the police but had only been transferred but refused to resume at his new post.”