Kidnapping, Robbery: Police Arrest 53 Suspects In Abia

 

The police have arrested 53 kidnap and robbery suspects, through a tip-off from the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), while 22 have been charged to Court in Abia state.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, during a press conference held at Police Headquarters in Umuahia, revealed that the introduction of operation Puff Adder launched in the state command is yielding the desired results.

He added that a total of eighty ammunition, firearms and other stolen items have been recovered from the suspects.

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The police boss stressed that three suspected kidnappers and their armourer were also arrested.

“The arrest of three notorious kidnappers and recovery of firearms following a tip-off generated from the IGP IRT team. The team arrested three suspected notorious kidnappers, alongside their armourer, a 65-year-old man who hails from Abia state.

“All the suspects confessed to several kidnapping incidents around Aba. The police are not resting; we are hunting for other gang members.

“A total of 80 ammunitions, firearms and other stolen items have been recovered by the Abia State Police Command, and 53 suspects involved arrested while 22 have been charged to Court.”

Police Investigate Extra Judicial Killing In Abia

Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon

 

The Abia State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a police officer, Sergeant Collins Apugo, who allegedly shot and killed a young man, Chibuike Onuoha in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.

The 24-year-old man was reportedly shot dead by Sergeant Apugo in the Okwulagha Afara community in Umuahia, the state capital on Monday night, during an argument.

The policeman allegedly took to his heels and abandoned his patrol vehicle, after the shooting, and angry residents of the area immediately set it ablaze in protest.

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Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon said a five-man committee including an Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Area Commander, and the Security Adviser to State Government, has been set up to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

While condemning the action of the policeman, Okon admitted that the officer failed to adhere to the rules of engagement and vowed to leave no stone unturned to apprehend the culprit.