Four young men accused of criminal activities such as armed robbery, possession of unlawful firearms, car snatching among others have been arrested in Enugu State.
The State Command of the Nigerian Police Force confirmed their arrest in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, May 8, Naija News reports.
The statement had it that the suspects were arrested across the state between May 1 and May 6, 2021. The Command Spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, who gave the report on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, revealed that the force men recovered from the suspects’ items such as four firearms, 15 live and one expended cartridges, three snatched/stolen vehicles, sixteen phones of different makes and some SIM cards, four power banks, Military wears, two daggers, some quantities of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp and other incriminating items.
He gave the names of the suspects as Barnabas Anton, 20; Christopher Edwin Agaba, 26; Ugwu Chinwendu Marvelous, 23 and Ugo Nweke, 34.
The statement read thus: “Operatives of the Command have carried out swift operations that led to the successful arrest of four (4) male suspects involved in different offences and recovery of four firearms, fifteen live and one (1) expended cartridges among others.
“The operations, which were carried out by operatives attached to Enugu Area Command, Awkunanaw and 9th Mile Police Divisions of the Command.
“On 06/05/2021 at about 1945hrs, Police Operatives attached to Awkunanaw Police Division recovered one (1) locally-made double-barreled pistol with two (2) live cartridges and a green-coloured Volkswagen Sharon Vehicle, said to have been snatched from its driver on 27/04/2021 at 2000hrs by a gang of armed robbers, who also robbed the passengers of their belongings. Acting on intelligence, the Operatives trailed the gang to Amagunze in Nkanu East L.G.A., where they were engaged in a gun duel by them. However, the criminals who could not withstand the superior firepower of the Operatives, escaped into the bush abandoning the vehicle and firearm. Meanwhile, intense discreet investigation to arrest and bring the culprits to book is ongoing.
The police were also said to have arrested one Barnabas Anton aged 20, of Ugwuto-Nsude in Udi LGA.
Naija News learnt that his arrest was sequel to the receipt of an intelligence report linking him to an armed robbery gang that snatched a Toyota Camry Car from its owner same date at about 2000hrs.
The armed robbers reportedly abandoned the vehicle and escaped, following intense pressure mounted by the Operatives to apprehend them, leaving behind one (1) cut-to-size locally-made revolver gun, two (2) locally-made pistols with thirteen (13) live and one (1) expended cartridges.
The operation was carried out by the operatives attached to the 9th Mile Police Division on 04/05/2021, Naija News understands. The command said discreet investigation to arrest fleeing members of the gang has commenced.