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Imo Police Command smash criminal gang/hide out; recover stolen cars

The Imo State Police Command has smashed a criminal gang and their hideout in Nekede, Owerri West local government area believed to be operational den of the gangsters.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of the command, DSP Orlando Ikeokwu who made the disclosure in Owerri, said two Lexus cars of different grades were recovered from the suspects.

Speaking during a parade of the suspects at the Imo State police Owerri, The PRO revealed that all the suspects are from Owerri West Local Government Area of the state, and their ages range between 32 and 42 years old.

He described the arrest of 4 members of the gang as part of the achievements of the Operation Puff Adder, launched in the state, to battle crime in the urban and rural areas.

Giving further details, Ikeokwu said, “On the 12/8/19, upon credible intelligence, operatives of the special anti-robbery squad SARS, swooped on a criminal hideout around Nekede and arrested four suspects.

“Micheal Anyanwu ,Male, 35, years old of Obinze, Owerri West LGA, Uche Obi ,Male, 38, years old of Army Barracks, Obinze Owerri west LGA, Chikezie Ejiaku, Male, 42, years, old of Oforola, Owerri West LGA, Ifeanyi Chilaka, Male, of Avu junction, Owerri west LGA.

“The vehicles recovered included Lexus 300 jeep (ash in colour) Reg No EKY 444 CF; Lexus 300 jeep (dark grey) EKY 894 CC.”

“It is noteworthy that on the 28/6/19, at Mbonu Ojike, one Amrachi Osualla ‘F’, put up her vehicle for sale, one of the suspects on the pretense of buying the car demanded to test the car after bargain, and as such zoomed off with the car to unknown destination” he added.

Noting that the command was on the manhunt for the suspects as well as the recovered car, before their arrest, the PPRO said, “They have confessed to the crime and other incidents”.

He added that efforts are on to recover other stolen vehicles, while the investigation continues.


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