Nimbo Attack: Enugu Police Command Parades Suspects; Two Sisters Who Kidnap MumLatest News, News Thursday, May 12th, 2016
By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Enugu State Police Command on Thursday paraded some suspects and hinted that its men have made some arrest in connection with the recent Fulani herdsmen attack and killing of dozens of residents of Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani council area of the State.
The new State’s Police Commissioner (CP) Emmanuel Ojukwu, disclosed this to newsmen during his maiden media briefing held at the headquarters of the State’s Command.
Ojukwu who declined further details on the arrest, stated that a high-powered investigative team from the force headquarters was in the best position to provide such details at the appropriate time.
He however assured that the police would do every thing within its power to ensure that perpetrators of the barbaric act are brought justice, no matter how long it takes.
Commenting on the case of Corporal Chukwu, a police officer, who was arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase over his alleged complicity during the attack, Ojukwu, said the case was being examined, adding that “a lot of searchlight has been beamed on him”.
“We have got testimonies about him; if at the end of the day he is found culpable, the full weight of the law will come on him, but he remains innocent until proved otherwise.”
The Commissioner, who commiserated with families of the victims, assured that the police “have put some measures in place to ensure safety and security in the State.
“Let me also advise on the issue of rumour mongering to create fear in the minds of the members of the public and the need for people in that habit to stop the trend but report appropriately to law enforcement agents.”
Some of the suspects paraded included 11 persons allegedly involved in armed robbery and illegal manufacturing of fire arms.
Recall, AFRICAN EXAMINER has previously reported arrest of some suspects including a 80-year-old man, being accused of gun-running.
Recovered from the gang included one cut to size double barrel gun, six locally made double barrel short guns, 10 locally made single barrel short guns, two single barrel long guns and four cartridges.
Also paraded were, two ladies, who allegedly stage-managed their mother’s kidnap.
The Commissioner disclosed that “the suspects were apprehended by police operatives on different dates in connection with the purported kidnapping of one Mrs. Hannah Achime.
According to him, “One Monday Egbe, aged 30 years, was arrested and he confessed how the two of the victim’s daughters, Onyinyechi Achime and Akunna Achime invited him to the business to enable them collect money from their elder brother, one Mr. Eric Achime based in Lagos.
“Ransom of N2.5 m naira was demanded, while N500, 000 was agreed to be paid.” Ojukwu hinted.
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