The Abia State Police Command has apprehended Twenty–two suspects over different criminal offences. Among those arrested were two robbery suspects, Ochieze Friday-25, and Munachi Lemechi-19, who allegedly ordered their victims to lie down on the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway.
Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Adamu, while parading the suspects yesterday at Umuahia said that one of the suspects was als arrested by detectives while attempting to unlock a stolen iPad somewhere around Alaoji area of Aba.
According to the police, three persons among the unfortunate victims who were ordered to lie down on the highway were crushed to death by an oncoming vehicle, and the suspects later fled with their belongings including the iPad and cash.
In an interview with the Daily Independent, the prime suspect, Ochieze, said he was a mechanic at Alaoji and went into a jungle to smoke Indian hemp when somebody approached him with an iPad, asking him to buy it. He denied being involved in the robbery; however, he admitted he was a smoker of cannabis.
Paraded also were a three-man gang that allegedly robbed some female National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Corpers’ Lodge in Umuahia .
The Police Commissioner said the three suspects, Sunday Anyim, Ike Ahamefula, and Ikenna Anyanwu, were picked up in an uncompleted building near Timber Market, Umuahia following a tip off.
He said when they were interrogated, the suspects admitted to the crime which occurred on August 24. The Commissioner said that they would soon be charged to court.
One of the suspects, Ahamefula told journalists that after the death of his mother, out of frustration, he was lured into robbery by a friend in his attempt to survive.
He said it was the friend who asked him to accompany him on an errand one night to the corpers’ lodge where they robbed the corps members of their personal belongings, including laptops and mobile phones.
Six other suspects were also arrested in possession of 690 wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine, and 201 wraps of Indian hemp at a hideout in No 23 Arochukwu Street Umuahia.
Police said the suspects were arrested following information that hard drugs were being sold freely at the building, adding that violent crimes around Umuahia metropolis could be traced to criminal elements who patronize hard drug dealers.
In the same way, two suspects, Chijioke Gabriel, 32, and Ibezim Ogbonna, 25, were also paraded for alleged involvement in robbery and kidnapping activities. When interrogated, Gabriel admitted he was part of the gang that allegedly kidnapped a woman at Glass force, Aba sometime in January.
According to the Police, the suspects also confessed to be partners in crime with the notorious Deenwa, who had been on the police list of wanted criminals.