Two fake police officers nabbed in Anambra
By O’star Eze
Two persons in police camouflage caught with stolen vehicle at Ihiala, Anambra state, have been detained in police custody.
Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the duo, Hassan Abuka and Ismaila Ahmed, both 33 years old and from Benue, specialised in impersonating the police and deceiving their victims.
The statement read, “On 8/8/2019 at about 4:30pm, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested at Ihiala, one Hassan Abuka ‘m’ aged 33 years of Otukpo, Benue state, fully dressed in police camouflage uniform bearing a DSP rank; and one Ismaila Ahmed ‘m’ aged 37 years, also of Otukpo, Benue state.
“Suspects who specialises in impersonating police to deceive their victims snatched a Toyota Corolla car with Reg number, Lagos AGL 357 FC, from a yet to be identified victim in Lagos.
“Exhibits recovered in their possession include the snatched vehicle and additional vehicle plate number Lagos FKJ 701 FR.
“The suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime and are assisting the police with useful information that could aid investigation after which they would be charged to court for prosecution.”
In the same vein, Mohammed disclosed that five armed robbery suspects were arrested following confessions from an earlier arrested robbery suspect.
Mohammed stated, “It would be recalled that on the 7th August, 2019, at about 6.47am, puff-adder operatives in conjunction with patrol team attached to operation kpochapu, while on stop and search duty at Upper Iweka, in Onitsha, intercepted a bus with registration number UKP- 108-ZU, coming from Asaba and, after a thorough search, they recovered a police beretta pistol with breech number AO-4909Z loaded with seven rounds of life ammunition, one expanded ammunition and six different handsets in possession of one Sunday Onyema ‘m’ aged 35years of orlu from Imo state.
“Discreet investigation by police detectives attached to the command Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) further led to the arrests of five additional suspects, who belong to the same syndicate at different locations within Orlu LGA of Imo state, Nsukka in Enugu state and Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra state.
“Meanwhile, exhibits recovered from the suspects in addition to the barreta pistol earlier recovered include one English chief revolver pistol, one locally made double barrel pistol, five live cartridges and one .9mm live ammunition.”
The police PRO said that the suspects would be prosecuted at the conclusion of their investigation.