Police arrest armed robbers in Owerri, recover arms


The police command in Imo says it arrested five notorious armed robbery suspects terrorising Owerri and its environs.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.

Mr Okoye said the command’s Tactical Team arrested the suspects at about 4:30 p.m. on June 16.

The suspects are David Christopher, 19; Sheriff Abraham, 19; Emmanuel Akala, 27; Sanusi Umar, 20 and Mohammed Ashiru, 20.

According to him, during an investigation, the suspects confessed that they had masterminded various armed robbery incidents within Owerri West LGA.

“They took the operatives to their criminal Hideout at Ama Hausa in Avu, Owerri West Local Government Area, where two locally-made pistols, rounds of live cartridges, numerous handsets and other incriminating items were recovered after a thorough search,” said the police statement.

It added, “Efforts are in top gear to arrest other members of the syndicate at large. Meanwhile, the suspects will be arraigned upon completion of a discreet investigation.”

Police commissioner Mohammed Barde assured that the command is committed to flushing out all criminal elements from Imo.

Mr Okoye urged Imo residents to join hands with the police and other security agencies in their onslaught against crimes. He advised the public to contact the command on 08034773600 or 08098880197 in emergencies.