Anambra State Police Command has paraded fourteen suspects involved in armed robbery, car snatching, child stealing, and kidnapping in the state.
Parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters at Amawbia, the Police Commissioner in the State, Mr Garba Umar alleged that the Command recovered one Range Rover Jeep and One Toyota Hilux jeep as well as nine guns with twenty rounds of live ammunition from the bandits.
The Police Chief explained that the suspects were arrested at different locations in the state between second of last month and first of this month.
According to him, at about ten thirty on second of last month , a distress call that one Mr Paul Onyili and Mr Nnamdi Onyili were robbed of their Range Rover Sports Jeep with registration number Lagos: MUS 644BB and Hilux Jeep number Lagos LND 685 EW, police swung into action and arrested one Kenneth Chikwe, a dismissed policeman. Mr Umar explained that the confession of Chikwe led to the arrest of one Uzohu Livingstone in Owerri and the recovery of the two stolen vehicles by the police.
The Commissioner of Police further stated that on twenty-fourth of last month, his men arrested three members of a Child Stealing Syndicate and recovered one male victim. He named the Child Syndicate members as: Oluchukwu Nwajide (19 years), Chukwuebuka Ugwu (19 years) and Kosisochukwu Nwacho (18 years), while the stolen male child was from the Agbon village in Nnobi area of the state.
He also said the police arrested the following: Bright Ozor, Shaka Gabriel and Thom Lawrence for robbing and kidnapping one Prince Sylvester Aremu at his residence in Uromi, Edo State.
Mr Umar noted that further investigations led to the arrest of: Ability Samuel (25 years), Elis Igboya (30) and Friday Ibrahim (23). The Commissioner of Police pointed out that one Chinonso Arunobi a.k.a Santos involved in series of armed robbery, cultism and murder was arrested at Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of the State on twenty-nine of last month .
He said on first of this month, the police during joint police/vigilante patrol arrested one Joshua Oko with weeds suspected to be Cannabis Sativa who later confessed to be a cultist that had committed a lot of crimes. Mr. Umar later used the opportunity to caution politicians vying for the November eighteen Governorship election in the state to guard against engaging thugs to disrupt the conduct of the poll.
Mr Umar added that the command had enough intelligence reports that some politicians were planning to engage thugs in order to disrupt the election and warned such persons to have a rethink and desist forthwith, stressing that the police would deal decisively with the misguided elements.