PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Operation Puff Adder operatives in conjunction with police patrol team attached to Ogidi Division, Idemili North Local Government Area have arrested five suspected armed robbers and cultists.
The suspects include 19-year-old Chijoke Okolo, Chukwudi Kosiso, aged 17years of Nkwelle Ogidi, Chukwuebuka Anayo, 22, and Akpu Chinese, 19, both of Ogbuinike in Oyi council area.
A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Mohammed Haruna said the suspects were rounded off and arrested following a distress call that cult boys were operating around St. Philips Church, Ogidi.
The statement reads in part, “On the 20/6/19 at about 9:10pm,Operation Puff Adder operatives in conjunction with Patrol team attached to Ogidi Division while on patrol received a distress call that some cult boys were operating around St Philip’s Church Ogidi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.
“Following the distress call, the operatives responded swiftly and rushed to the scene where the hoodlums in their numbers confronted the Patrol teams but were overpowered and four suspects arrested on the spot.”
Mohammed noted that the bush where the four suspects were earlier arrested was combed at about 1am by the operatives and another gang member of same syndicate named Tochukwu Okeke of Nkwelle Ogidi was arrested while hiding inside the bush.
Exhibits recovered in their possession include one locally made pistol and three live cartridges.He said that the case is under investigation while effort is ongoing to apprehend other fleeing accomplices in order to bring them to Justice.
Meanwhile, same gang numbering over ten had on the same date at about 8:pm robbed one Ukamaka Amobi of Nkwelle Ogidi at Ekeweje Ogidi and dispossessed her of two phones and cash sum of #10,000.
The gang also shot and wounded one Nzubechukwu Okwonko .
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