Tension in Abia state as Police parade criminals

www.odogwublog.com reports that the Abia State Police Command today paraded a number of suspected kidnappers, robbers and car snatchers who have been terrorising residents in various parts of the state.

 Just as the police said it had on February 6, rescued a kidnap victim, one Mba Abali from his abductors in the bush but the kidnappers escaped.

Police also paraded one Ikechukwu John who it said had been on their wanted list in connection with the kidnap of Celestine Nwankwo allegedly abducted in Aba on December 28, 2016.

Police said the suspect who was also fingered as the chief receiver of stollen vehicles by suspected robbers in a separate incident in 2016   was arrested with the victim's Toyota Highlander jeep.

The victim who is based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State was incoherent while responding to questions thrown at him by newsmen.
Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade who paraded the suspects in Umuahia, vowed to make kidnapping " unproductive" in the state while advising relations of kidnapped victims against paying ransom.

He also advised residents against " on-line transactions" to avoid falling prey to fraudsters who have capitalized on the harsh economic situation in the country to defrauding  unsuspecting but gullible members of the public desperate to survive at all cost.

Among those paraded was one Chijioke Emeka, from Amuri Umuaka in Njaba council of Imo State who allegedly received a stollen Toyota High Lander jeep marked JJJ 71 DQ.

Police said suspected robbers had on December 9 , 2016 invaded the house of the owner of the jeep at Olokoro Umuahia, dispossessed him of his  belongings  including cell phone  and made away with the jeep.

They were however tracked through the phone which they had auctioned to the suspected receiver of the stolen item at N3000.

The owner of the stollen jeep, George Agu, a retired civil servant who was at the police station said the robbers stormed his house around 7 pm and forced him to surrender the car key as well as the key to his gate before escaping in the car.

The suspect told newsmen that it was his brother and his gang  now on the run who stole the car and the phone, adding that he bought the phone from them without knowing it was stollen.

He said he had given the phone to his girlfriend as a Christmas gift. He also said he was the one that later led the police to his village where the stollen jeep was recovered.

His girl fried who he gave the stollen phone was also paraded along with one Odinaka who said he was asked by the prime suspect to pose as the owner of the phone to enable the brother collect money from him.

Paraded also were suspected cultists - Osinachi Okocha; Okenwa Okpara; and Okpai Collins- who were allegedly terrosising residents of Awolowo Street Umuahia.

Police said efforts were on to arrest other members of the cult group still at large, adding that they would soon be arraigned.

Tension in Abia state as Police parade criminals Tension in Abia state as Police parade criminals Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Rating: 5

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