Men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad of Ndiegoro Police Division in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, have arrested a suspected armed robber, Tochukwu Ukonu, believed to be terrorising Ogechi community in military uniform.
It was gathered that Ukonu was arrested following a distress call from residents of the area, saying that persons in military uniform were robbing in the area.
A police source said the arrest of the suspect also led to the arrest of one Ifeanyi Nwokorie of No.10 Enugu Street Aba.
The source added that the two suspects and others now at large were suspected to be behind the robbery that led to the killing of one Chinonso Nwagbara at Obohia by Ibadan Street, Aba, on the December 19, 2016. They allegedly carried out in military uniform.
Confessing to the crime, Ukonu said he got the military uniform from his friend whose brother-in-law is a soldier, confessing that he was arrested while trying to snatch a cell phone from one of his victims.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, has confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding that the police have intensified a manhunt for the fleeing suspects with a view to recovering their weapons and ensuring their prosecution.
Oyebade added that the joint effort of the police and members of vigilance group of Ogechi community led to the arrest of one Tochukwu Ugwunsi (aka Cobra no dey sleep) who has been on the police wanted list.
He said, “The suspect was arrested in the course of robbing people of Ogechi community again, while two of his gang member identified as Chidera and Emeka escaped. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.”
The CP commended Abia residents for their cooperation with the police in fighting criminal activities in the state, adding that information from members of public helped his officers to be effective.