By Jude Michael
Thirty-two suspected robbers and cultists have been paraded by the Anambra State Police Command. The State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the suspects were arrested for offences ranging from cultism, revenue touting and possession of prohibited firearms. Ikenga, while quoting the State Police Commissioner, CP Echeng Echeng, said the command had resolved to stamp out violent crimes, extortion and other forms of crime and criminality in the state. He said, ‘The CP stated this, today (Sunday 10th April, 2022) when police officers attached to the Anambra State Command arrested thirty-two suspects on offences ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms to extortion; recovered one locally made Beretta pistol, one magnum pump action and ammunition.’ Ikenga said one of the suspects was arrested based on a credible information, at about 4:30am on March 30, 2022. ‘Operatives arrested one Ozo Olie Ifeanyi, 43 years, in his residence at Odoje Village, Onitsha, and recovered one locally fabricated single barrel pistol and one live ammunition concealed in a bag. ‘Investigation so far reveals that the suspect has already made useful statements that will lead to the arrest of other members of their criminal gang. He also confessed to be a member of the Black Axe Cult Group and specialized in robbing unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables. ‘Similarly, another suspect, one Ifeanyi Nwobu, 49 years, native of Enuorji Village, Enugu Ukwu, at about 9pm on March 30, was arrested and we recovered one Magnum pump action gun. The suspect has made useful statements that could unravel the source of the arm,’ Ikenga stated. Meanwhile, 30 of the paraded suspects were arrested for flouting the State Government’s ban on touting, extortion and illegal revenue collection in the state. The arrested suspects include: Ifeatu Oluebube, Akpa Ikechukwu, Linus Ekene, Nwede Chinedu, Nwigwe Osinachi, Nas Emeka, Uduak Linus, Obi Onyebuchi, Ayo Omah, Igwe Chukwuebuka, Nweke Abuchi and Anthony Chidi. Others are Onyebuchi Ndubuisi, Onyekwelu Ifechukwu, Nwagha Nzube, Anamabu Somto, Duru Chigozie, Onwuakpa Chukwudi, Nworie Chimaram, Orji Onyebuchi, Nnamani Chukwuebuka, Ifeanyi Chinedu, among others, who were arrested in various places in Onitsha. Echeng assured that the confidence reposed in the police on the protection of life and property, as well as the maintenance of law and order, would never be taken for granted. He also called for increased information flow from the public to the police.