… As Police arrest 3 suspected armed robbers, recover pistol, ammunition***
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State Command, has arrested a four-man vandalism gang that specializes in vandalising rail line materials within Enugu State.
The NSCDC Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSC Denny Manuel, disclosed this in a statement made available to the newsmen on Wednesday in Enugu.
Manuel said that the suspected vandals were arrested on April 19 by a combined team of NSCDC operatives and Hunters and Forest Security Services at locations within the Aninri Local Government Area of the state.
“The kingpin of the group, who gave his name as of Monday Onyeabor, 31, was arrested by a combined team of the Corps operatives and hunters/forest security group while in possession of two railway slippers at Mmafu community in Aninri Local Government Area.
“During interrogation, Onyeabor gave the names of the other three members of his gang as Ejike Ogbonna, 27, Amobi Okolie, 27, and Chukwuka Ekwe, 27, all from Oduma in the same Aninri Local Government Area.
“Based on his statement, a manhunt for the three was mounted which resulted in their arrest.
“One of the arrested suspects, Amobi Okolie, claimed to be innocent of the crime but confessed that he has sometimes in the recent past assisted other suspects in transporting vandalised materials, which at that time he claimed was unknown to him to be products of vandalism.
“Okolie, however, was found to be in possession of syringes and a pipe which he confessed he used in sniffing the infamous Methamphetamine, popularly known in the local parlance as Mkpurummiri.
“Also recovered from the suspect are a cutlass and a motorcycle,” he said.
The NSCDC spokesman also said that investigation had been intensified by the Corps to unravel other culprits in the chain of this “unholy trade”.
He said that the state’s NSCDC Commandant, Mr Valentine Afrika, had re-emphasized the resolve of the Corps in the state to get rid of all unwanted elements.
Manuel quoted the Commandant as saying: “The Corps will continually deal ruthlessly with all those vandalising or tampering with government infrastructure.
“I also call on members of the public to always assist security agencies with credible information on activities of criminals, especially public infrastructure vandals in the state.”
In another development, the Police in Lagos has arrested three suspected armed robbers and recovered a pistol and three rounds of ammunition at Lekki-Ajah, Lagos State.
The suspects are Emeka George, male ‘m’, 30; Ahmed Balogun, ‘m’ 23; and Bolaji Elewuro, ‘m’ 29.
The Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Wednesday.
He said that luck ran out on the suspects, who had been terrorising the area, when they were arrested by an Anti-Crime patrol team.
“The Anti-Crime patrol team attached to Ajah Divisional Police Headquarters, Ajah, Lagos, while on routine patrol, intercepted a silver-colored Honda City vehicle with registration number GGE 288 GV.
“In an exhibition of conscientiousness, the operatives on reasonable suspicion conducted a courteous search on the suspects.
“One locally-made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from them.
“The operatives immediately moved the suspects to the station and preliminary investigation commenced.”
Hundeyin said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, in his resolve to ensure safety and security, has assured Lagosians that every required step will be taken to tackle insecurity.
He said that the CP has further directed that the suspects and exhibits be transferred to the CP Special Squad for a more discreet investigation.