Police parade suspected gangs of robbers
The spokesman said that the gang burnt a police Hilux van during an arrest in the community.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr Ali Okechukwu, who paraded the suspects at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area on Tuesday, alleged that they chopped-off the ear of a divisional police officer who was at Nanka to make the arrest.
Okechukwu said that another gang of armed robbers which allegedly shot one Okechukwu Udezuka from Oraifite and one Ebuka on Feb. 2 at Nkpor near Onitsha was also arrested.
“In the course of investigation, two of the robbery suspects were arrested and they confessed that the gang leader from Nanka and others were among those that killed Okechukwu Udezuka and Ebuka.
“Every attempt to arrest the gang leader and his members proved abortive as they had severally prevented policemen from the Force CID, Abuja and Zone 9 headquarters, Umuahia from making any arrest at Nanka,’’ Okechukwu said.
He said that following a raid at Nanka, three of the gang members were arrested on June 27.
“On June 20, a police team led by the DPO of Ajali Division was ambushed at Nanka by the gang when they went to effect arrest.
“The DPO was robbed of his handset and some money during the ambush. He was stripped naked and one of his ears chopped off. Equally his official uniform was torn to shreds.
“The DPO is currently receiving treatment in a hospital,” Okechukwu said.
He said that many cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and assassination had been traced to Nanka.
The police also paraded another gang alleged to have conspired with others at large to kill one Emmanuel Adimora in Atani, where they disposed him of his car with registration number FST 962 DL, valued at N950,000.
He said that the suspects beat Adimora to death and dumped him inside a bush.
“The decomposing body was discovered after four days. The suspects, who had been on the run, were arrested on the July 1 and they have confessed to the crime,” Okechukwu said.
He said that all the suspects would soon appear in court.
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