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Police Nab 40 Criminal Suspects In Enugu Over Various Crimes.

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The  Enugu  State  Police  Command has paraded a total of 40 criminal arrested for various crimes in parts of the state.

Commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, who briefed newsmen on Activities of the Command in the last one month at the Command’s headquarters in Enugu on Friday, said the criminal suspects were apprehended in different parts of the  state  for their involvement in various criminal acts.

Our Correspondent who was at the media briefing, reports that among the suspects is a middle-aged man, who identified himself as Nasir Adda who was arrested for killing his neighbour’s child after collecting a N400,000 ransom.

The suspect from the Northern part of the country confessed that he put the victim, a 12-year-old girl inside soak away pit, after collecting ransom from her father.

He said he works as a security guard within the neighborhood and had been close to the victim and her parents.

The incident happened at Ugwuoba, in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Some of the crimes committed by the suspects  are,   conspiracy, armed robbery, child trafficking, unlawful possession of firearms, cultism, among others.

The  Enugu police  boss, also  disclosed that a total of 10 fire arms, 12 motor vehicles, 4 tricycles, 36 SIM cards, among others were recovered within the period under review.

Aliyu who attributed the achievement recorded to inter agency collaboration and information sharing, however, warned criminals to quit  the state,  saying there would be no hiding place for them under his Command.

“During our last meeting, I told you that we are making conscious efforts to put in place policing strategies that we require to effectively police the state, in view of maintaining public security.

“It will interest you to know that these strategies have resulted in successes” he declared.

“Today, the Command has successfully arrested a total of 38 male and two female suspects for their involvement in the offences of conspiracy, armed robbery, child stealing, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.

According to the CP, “This was as a result of sustained synergy with sister security agencies, the neighbourhood watch group, security stakeholders and law-abiding citizens of the state.

He said items recovered from them  includes “11 firearms, five expended ammunition (.9mm and .22mm calibre), four live cartridges, one expended cartridge, two empty magazines, 12 vehicles, three tricycles, one motorcycle, one military camouflage jacket.

“Five ATM cards of different banks, three television sets, one LG DVD Player with remote, one laptop, 15 mobile phones of different types/makes, 36 SIM cards of different networks, two power banks, one Sweet-Home Water Heater appliance, one international passport, one national identity card. he added

Also recovered include “some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp and substance suspected to be cocaine.

Among those paraded were 16 members of various cult groups that belongs to,  Aro Mates and Eiye Confraternity who were engaged in a bloody cult war in the past one week.

He said they were arrested between March 12 and 14, 2021, through a combined effort of operatives attached to Anti-Cultism Squad, Crack Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Squad and Police Divisions in the Command.

“Their arrest was sequel to credible information received about bloody clashes between two rival cult groups namely the Black Axe and Vikings Confraternity, which led to the gruesome murder of the alleged leader/executioner of Vikings Confraternity on the night of 12/03/2021, at Railway Quarters, Njamanze Ogui, Enugu.

“The suspects, who all confessed to being members of the above-mentioned rival cult groups, were arrested in different black-spots in New Garriki, Holy-Ghost, Obiagu, Ugwuaji and old Artisan Ogui areas of the metropolis.

He stated that “the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”

Some of the suspects  interviewed,   confessed to belong to various cult groups,  but added that they have renounced their membership.

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