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Court Remands Armed Robbery Suspects For Attacking Police Station in Abia

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

Two armed robbery suspects were on Thursday remanded in prison custody by an Abia State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ugwunagbo Local government council area of the state, for allegedly attacking a police station in Aba.

police stationThe court presided over by Grace Ukeje, said the suspects, Chineye Onyeibe (32) and Alozie Obioha (19), were said to have allegedly invaded the Umuogele police station, Aba on September, 3rd 2013.

According to the court, the two suspects, had on the day of the invasion, aided the escape of an armed robbery suspect, Uche Njoku, from detention.

They were however, docked on a 7 count charge, including conspiracy to commit felony.

The duo, were also accused of threatening the life of an officer, ASP  Ambrose Ihentu, and other policemen on duty at the Station that fateful day.

Besides, the suspects were equally accused of murdering a commercial tricycle operator, whose name was giving as Felix Njoku, and took away his tricycle on April 19 2013 at Osusu, Umuelendu Village in Ugwunagbo council area of the state.

African Examiner learnt that on the day of the attack of the Police Station, Onyeibe and his gang had threatened to kill ASP Ihentu and other officers on duty, if they fail to release one of their friend Nwoke from their custody.

However, they were accused of carting away, a tricycle with registration number,QV 064 UMA,  from the police station which is  said to be under investigation for being used for armed robbery operation.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Alozie, had informed the court that police investigations revealed that Onyeibe and Obioha, forged a purchase receipts of ZIMEA NIG LTD ABA and NNA-VIC-GLOBAL UNIQUE LTD ABA of no 55 Hospital road, Aba to secure a new registration plate number for the stolen tricycles.

Meanwhile, after the 7 count charge was read out to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The presiding Magistrate, Ukeje, then ordered that the case file be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice and adjourned the matter to 24th January, 2014.

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