Police Recover Arms Stolen During #EndSARS in Anambra

Admin 28-Feb-2021 Nigeria_News

Juwel Peter

The Police in Anambra state disclosed they have recovered one pump action rifle purportedly  stolen from one of their formations during the #EndSARS protests in the state.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Haruna Mohammed, in a statement, said the firearm was recovered from a 20-year-old suspect, Debelechukwu Mbanugo.

He said this followed his arrest in collaboration with local vigilance group at Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha.

According to him, 14 other armed robbery suspects and cultists were equally caught in separate operations, with firearms and ammunitions recovered from them.

He said the suspects would be charged upon completion to investigations.

He said: “On 19/2/2021 following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to Oko Division arrested one Blessing Ukogu (25) of Akabor Village, Osunmeyi in Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State but residing at Abo-Dutse, Abuja.

“Suspect allegedly stole a Toyota Corolla model 2005 from Abuja. Suspect and exhibit handed over to FCT Command for further investigation.

“On 21/2/2021 at about 11:30am, following also intelligence report, police operatives attached to 3-3 Division, in collaboration with the local vigilante group, arrested one Debelechukwu Mbanugo (20) of Nkwelle Ezunaka.

“Exhibit recovered in his possession include one pump action rifle which he admitted to have stolen from 3-3 Police Station during the #Endsars protests.

“On 21/2/2021, at about 8:am, following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to Okija Division, arrested one Chinaza Okoma (25) and Onyebuchi Maduka (24) both of 3-3 area, Onitsha.

“Suspects were arrested inside a residential apartment at Oghalebu, Okija with two pump action rifles, and eleven cartridges which they could not give satisfactory account of.

“On 22/2/2021, at about 9am, following an intelligence report, Puff Adder operatives, in conjunction with a police patrol team attached to Ogbaru Division, arrested one Ebuka Obaze (22) of Ochuche Village, Umuodo in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State. Exhibit recovered in his possession include a cut to size locally made double barrel gun.

“On the 23/2/2021, Puff Adder operatives, in conjunction with a patrol team attached to Otoucha Division, responded to a distress call around Igbariam and arrested one Paul Odowe (29) from Ebonyi State.

“Suspect allegedly robbed a lady of her handset and other valuables at gunpoint. He voluntarily confessed and exhibits recovered in his possession include 3 phones, one pump action rifle, one cartridge and one unregistered motorcycle used in perpetrating the act.

“On 26/2/2021, at 12:30am, following an intelligence report, a Police patrol team attached to Inland Town Division, arrested one Bright Blessed Nnakwe (27) of Umueze Village, Anam in Anambra West LGA. Exhibit recovered in his possession include one English made pistol and a magazine,” the statement said.

Mohammed said, in respect of the arrested cultists, the Command's Special Anti-Cult Unit, they had confessed to be members of a secret cult group called, “PAYTON CONFRATERNITY”, while another group arrested at Ogidi claimed to be members of Vikings Confraternity.

He listed suspected members of the Payton confraternity to included Duru David (22) Ugochukwu Meniru (20) Nwaoba Chukwudi (20) Kalu Chukwudi (18) and Nyayelu Oputa (18).

Those of Vikings confraternity included Okpoto Chukwudi (20) Odo Arinze (22) Eze Izuchukwu (23), all natives of Izamgbo Town in Ohaumwu LGA of Ebonyi State.

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