By Lawrence Nwimo
The Anambra state police command has confirmed the arrest of five suspected criminals including cultists alleged to be responsible for various crimes in the state.
The spokesman of the Anambra state police command, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu said the suspects were apprehended for the offences of cultism, unlawful possession of firearm, spying and impersonation.
According to him, the police “arrested Ifeanyi Eze aged 22years, Okeke Arinze 22years and Ezeugo Friday 25 years, all males, recovered a locally made double barrel gun, two live cartridges, six live English pistol ammunition and two live Berretta pistol ammunition.”
“The suspects were arrested when they drove in a suspected manner in a motorcycle without a plate number along Ugwuagba. Further revelations led to the arrest of their gang leader along Okopoko and efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing members. They have confessed to be members of a deadly criminal gang.
“Police operatives attached to Awada divisional headquarters on 24th April, 2021 at about 4:30pm also arrested one Uchenna Igwe, 20, recovered one locally made revolver pistol, two live AK 47 ammunition and four expended AK 47 ammunition.
The police spokesman confirmed that at the time of his arrest, Uchenna Igwe was with two gang members along CT Biscuits Owerri road by Mgbuka market and on sighting Police operatives on patrol, took to their heels. He said efforts are in top gear to arrest the two other gang members.
In another development, police operatives attached to Anti-Cultism unit, at about 6pm on 24th of April, 2021, arrested one Uzodimma Emmanuel aged 23, and a native of Uturu, Isukwuato local government area, Abia state and recovered a suspected military cap.
According to Ikenga, Uzodinma was arrested while spying the Special Anti-cultism Squad (SPACS) Headquarters, Enugu Ukwu. The police spokesman said when the suspect was accosted, could not give satisfactory answer and claimed to be a lance corporal with the Nigerian Army.
Reiterating the unwavering commitment of the command towards weeding out unrepentant criminal elements, the Anambra state commissioner of police, Monday Bala Kuryas enjoined laws abiding citizens of the state to remain vigilant and continue to support the command in the fight against acts of crime and criminality.
Kuryas further charged police operatives in Anambra state to sustain and increase the tempo on the onslaught against crime in the state.