Owerri - The Police Command in Imo said on
Thursday that it had smashed a four-man armed robbery syndicate.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public
Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem and made available to newsmen in Owerri.
The statement said that the gang had robbed a victim at gun
point of his ash coloured Toyota Avalon Saloon car with Registration number
FJ-609-KRD, at a Petrol Station at Aguneze in Ahiazu Mbaise Local government
Area on Wednesday.
It said that on receiving the report, operatives of the
command quickly swung into action and "cobwebbed’’ the exit routes.
According to the statement, three members of the syndicate
were arrested while fleeing in the stolen vehicle, while the fourth suspect
escaped with their arms.
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It further said that the gang specialised in robbing petrol
stations and snatching cars in Ahiazu Mbaise/Obowo/Etiti environs of the state
and that it operates with a blue-colour Volks Wagen Passat vehicle.
It said that suspects were arrested at Obowo Malasia market
en route Umuahia, the Abia capital, adding that efforts were ongoing to
apprehend the fleeing suspect.
The statement gave the names of the arrested suspects as
Chibuike Oko (27), from Ngodo Afikpo North Local Government of Ebonyi and
Uchenna Kalu (32) of Ihungwu Amankelu, Igbere in Bende Local G overnment of
The third suspect is Ifeanyi Emenike (28) of Umuobutu in
Umuahia South Local Government of Abia.
According to the statement, the suspects have been
identified by the victim, adding the they have have made useful statements to
Exhibits recovered from the suspects were a blue-coloured
Volks Wagon Passat vehicle and N282,000, it said.