90 cult suspects, car snatchers in police net

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 15 July 2019 | 625 times

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•Suspected criminals recently paraded in Anambra

Police operatives attached to the Anambra State Command Operations Puff Adder in conjunction with Special Anti Cult unit (SPACS) have arrested 90 suspected cultists at various locations within the state.

The arrests are in continuation of the ongoing raids of hideouts and black spots in the state.

Also arrested is a car/motorcycle snatching syndicate and recovery of a Toyota car and tricycle snatched at gunpoint.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said that the Command within the week under review recorded cases of interest to members of the public as follows:

“On the 31/06/2019 at OBOSI axis, 06 suspected cultists arrested. On 01/07/2019 at OGIDI, 06 suspected cultists arrested. 0n 02/07/2019 at IHIALA axis, 15 suspected cultists arrested. On 03/07/2019 at AWKA, 12 suspected cultists arrested. On 04/07/2019 at NSUGBE, 15 suspected cultists arrested. On 05/07/2019 at OKO, 12 suspected cultists arrested. On 06/07/2019, at ONITSHA axis, 18 suspected cultists arrested. On 07/07/2019, at IGBARIAM/AWKUZU axis, 06 suspected cultists arrested respectively.

“From all the raids carried out, a total number of 90 suspects have been arrested. 28 were screened out, 15 suspects were charged to court. 12 suspects were placed under police supervision for being under aged while 35 others are undergoing investigation.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include 6 machetes, 3 daggers, 1 black Berret and some quantities of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa.

“Similarly, on the 8/7/2019 following intelligence report, Police detectives attached to Ogidi Division in conjunction with vigilante group arrested at Nkwelle Ogidi one Praise Okolie Tochukwu of the same address.”

According to the PPRO, the suspect conspired with his accomplices now at large and snatched at gunpoint a Toyota spider car with registration number FJK 54 CC from one Okpalaezekoli Ifeanyi of Omogba phase 1 in the commercial city of Onitsha.

He said the suspect confessed to the crime and the vehicle was recovered in his possession and registered as exhibit.

He said that case is under investigation even as effort is ongoing to apprehend other fleeing accomplices in order to bring them to justice.

Also in police is one Nwali Chibuzor, a native of Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects nabbed by Police detectives attached to Ogidi division were said to have allegedly snatched a tricycle from Uche John on July 1, 2019.

While saying that the tricycle was recovered from the suspect along Idemili bus stop Nkpor with the plate number already changed from Anambra HAL 776 WQ to Enugu NSK 177 QW, Haruna added that the case is under investigation after which the suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.

Source: News Express

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