Ebonyi State Police command, has confirmed to newsmen that an official of the Ebubeagu Security Network, in Ohaozara local government area, identified as Vincent Ene Njoku, was in their custody.
Police spokesperson in Ebonyi, SP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abakaliki.
Njoku and two others according to Anaynwu, were members of a syndicate of armed robbers who specialize in snatching vehicles and motorcycles from Enugu and other neighboring states.
Anyanwu, hinted that Njoku, a female suspect and another suspect were nabbed by a team of policemen attached to the Division, led by SP Daniel Nwonu, the Divisional Police Officer.
The command’s spokesperson noted that the three suspects were rounded up at Uburu while negotiating the sale of one of the snatched motorcycles.
“The principal suspect, Bassey Francis, a native of Isu-Onicha in Onicha L.G.A stole the motorcycle from his village, took it to Vincent Ene Njoku, a native of Uburu, in Ohaozara L.G.A (an Ebubeagu personnel), who In turn connected the suspect to Enyidiya Amara (the Receiver) a native of Uburu, Ohaozara L.G.A on an agreed sum of N 100,000.
“On interrogation, the Ebubeagu personnel confessed to the fact that they belong to a gang with their hideout was at Isu-Onicha where they have five other snatched mini-buses and seven motorcycles. According to him, they have a master who is a Native Doctor that prepares charms and other concoctions for them whenever they are going out on armed robbery operation.
“The prime suspect corroborated the confession of his gangmate and further stated that arms are also stock-piled in the same compound aforestated” Anyanwu stated.
PPRO Anyanwu, further stated that in another development, the tactical teams of the command led by SP Jerry Maigoroson stormed the camp of suspected IPOB/ESN located at Oriuzor village in Ezza North local government area, on June 30.
He said that on sighting the operatives, the hoodlums opened fire on them which resulted in a gun duel and in the process one of the suspects, identified as Elijah was fatally wounded, even as about six others escaped with bullet wounds.
“Fortunately, one of them Chibundu Ali aged 18 years, native of Ezzama in Ezza East Development Centre was arrested and brought to custody.
“He is currently being interrogated to unravel the identity of the fleeing ones. Meanwhile, the camp was ransacked and destroyed, wherein the following exhibits were recovered.
“One cut-to-size AK47 rifle with a few rounds of it’s live ammunition which was stolen during an attack on Ezza South Police Station sometime ago, one locally-fabricated revolver pistol, expanded ammunition shells, one machete, assorted fetish-looking substances suspected to be charms, weeds suspected to be marijuana, customized IPOB / ESN cap and red berets, five GSM handsets belonging to the neutralized and fleeing suspects”, Anaynwu added.