Four held for ‘robbery’ in Abia


FOUR suspected members of two robbery and kidnap gangs have been taken into custody in Abia State, The Nation gathered.

One of the suspects called Isi Ocha (Igbo for white head) is said to be the leader of one of the gangs.

The other alleged members of the groups are Chinedu Ogbonna, Kelechi Agai, Ikechukwu Alozie. Other members are said to be on the run but are being tracked by  police and other security agencies.

The suspects have been on the wanted list of police, the reporter gathered.

Commissioner of Police Ene Okon in a telephone interview with our reporter confirmed that the gang members were in their custody and undergoing interrogation.

Okon disclosed that the gang members were arrested by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Information gathered has it that the two gangs specialise in car snatching and robbing supermarkets.

The leader of the gang operating between Isiala Ngwa-Osisioma axis of the Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Road was said to have been tracked and arrested at a brothel at Ajata Ibeku, a remote village in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state which serves as a hideout for kidnappers.

The operations were said to have been led by one Police Superintendent Obioguru Johnbull, commander of SARS in the state.

It was said that upon the directive of the state Commissioner of Police  to rid Umuahia, the capital city and environs of criminal elements, the SARS team went after the gangs.

The police told our reporter that the Commissioner of Police had been inundated with petitions and calls drawing his  attention to the rise in criminal activities in Umuahia and environs.

The Police Commissioner said the gangs were responsible for various armed robberies and kidnappings along Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.

Okon, who stated that the gangs operate around bad spots on the busy expressway, said the SARS team was able to trail the gangs through intelligence.

He said police also recovered arms from the gang members.

“Once investigation is concluded, justice will be done,” Ene assured.