REPORTER: KEVIN EKEDIEGWU
Police operatives in Anambra State have smashed two deadly syndicates alleged to be extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public via threats.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga, in a statement, said the operatives arrested two suspects at Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Headquarters after a painstaking investigation.
According to the statement, the suspects had sent text messages to their victim identifying themselves as members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) and demanding that a huge sum of money else he and his daughter would be kidnapped and killed.
He explained that both suspects were now cooling in detention and would be arraigned in court soon.
In a similar development, the statement said, that Police at Ozubulu, Headquarters of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, arrested one male suspect who used two different lines to issue deadly threats to a businessman.
The statement noted that that the suspect claimed to be an ESN Commander and ordered his victim to pay up or be killed.
It explained that after a meticulous investigation, which involved use of technology and human assets, police detectives were able to smoke him out from his hideout and recovered the two sims.
The statement said the suspect would also be arraigned in court soon.
The statement further said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Aderemi Adeoye, had commended both the DPOs of the two divisions for their diligence and painstaking efforts which led to unravelling the identities of the crime suspects and apprehending them.
It added that Mr. Adeoye assured members of the public that the Command would continue to motivate its personnel across the state for optimum performance.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU