IGP Orders Arrest Of Suspected Hoodlums For Attacking Officers In Cross River
The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of suspected hoodlums and thieves who attacked four police officers in Ogoja, Cross River State.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Tuesday, said that the attacked officers, attached to IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit, were on course to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle when the hoodlums butchered and injured them.
“The detectives (the victims of the savage attack) are investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna Bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos. The detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four (4) male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
“The suspects who were positively implicated in the crime by Police investigation confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle. They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State. Hence, detectives moved to Benue State with one of the suspects.
“On the arrest of the suspect in Benue State, he stated that he had sold the vehicle to another notorious receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja.
“With this discovery, the detectives proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered,” the statement revealed.
The statement added that; in a bizarre twist, shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised an alarm in his native language which attracted his gang members.
“Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from the weapon-wielding hoodlums. The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs.
“Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle.
The statement quoted the IGP, condemning the attack, he enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to condone such act by shielding the identities of the suspected hoodlums.
He asked members of the public to provide credible information that will aid the police to apprehend the perpetrators.