Anambra ; Police raid robbers’ den, arrest 310 suspects, recover charms
By Phil Okose Onitsha
In her continued effort to rid the area of undesirable elements, Anambra state police command, last week raided some robbers’ hideouts at Osumoghu, Ihiala Local Government Area, and arrested about 310 criminal suspects.
The operation which was conducted by the police, military and other security operatives, was led by the new Ihiala Police Area Commander, Mr. Christopher Bassey, (ACP).
Orient Daily gathered that the operation was necessitated by complaints and petitions that flooded the police command over the criminal
activities of undesirable elements who use a borrow pit in the community for all manners of criminal activities for years now without disturbance from security operatives until the arrival of the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Monday Bala Kuryas and Mr. Bassey.
Recall that it was in the time of Bassey as the Commander of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad, [SPACS], that cultists reduced in the state due to his relentless fight against them
An indigene of Osumoghu community who did not want his name in print told this reporter that, “the borrow pit is a no-go- area for the police”
“The criminals there will openly boast that police are barred from coming here and true to their boast they don’t come because they are many of the criminals and always armed”.
“I am still thinking of what gave the police Area commander the gut to raid the flash point with others because they don’t fear the police”
“Some of the robberies within Ihiala local Government Area and environs are hatched at that borrow pit where everybody is a suspect”
“The recent killing of a Mobil Policeman along Osumoghu/Ukpor road, near the pit while returning with his colleagues to their Awka, state capital base, when they rammed into a robbery road block, was perpetrated by the criminals from the borrow pit”
During screening of the suspects, 160 of them were allegedly released and the others, said to have also been involved in cultism, were sent to the Anti Cultism section at Enugwu-Ukwu for discreet investigation.
Among the items reportedly recovered from them included, life tortoise, deity constructed with security post and sizable quantity of Indian hemp.
Others were, one pump action gun, one locally made den gun, four machetes, seven live cartridges, charms of different categories and cult regalia.