Owerri - Three armed robbery suspects have been arrested for breaking into and robbing the house of Rev. Father Wilson Nwanu of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo.
The suspects, armed with an axe, iron cutter, iron rods, and a locally-made pistol, were said to have broken into the house of the priest on Nov. 17.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo, Mr Vitalis Onugu, told newsmen in Owerri on Tuesday that the suspects robbed the priest of the sum of N150 000, one laptop and four cell phones.
Onugu said some youth from the community who noticed unusual activities at the Rev. Father's resident, alerted the Chief Security Officer of the Polytechnic who called the police.
He said the the suspects opened fire as soon as the police got to the scene, resulting in an exchange of gunfire.
The PPRO said three of the suspects were arrested with some weapons while the fourth escaped.
Onugu said the suspects, who had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Owerri, had provided useful information that could lead to the arrest of a fourth member of the gang.