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The Enugu State police command have confirmed the arrest of no fewer than over 92 suspects for cultism, kidnapping and armed robbery between 16th of August and 25th of September.
The Command rescued 12 abducted victims from various parts of the state within the period under review.
The suspects were arrested for cultism, robbery, murder, kidnapping, and unlawful possession of firearms.
The State’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Kanayo Uzuegbu stated four AK 47 rifles, 66 other firearms of different calibres, 333 live ammunition of different calibres, 25 vehicles and several other incriminating items such as charms and phones were recovered from the suspects.
The CP, who addressed his maiden press conference since his assumption as the 28th Commissioner of Police in the state, said the suspects include one Kelechi Okwara, 27, from Ohafia, Abia State, who last Saturday, September 23, conspired with his brother, that works as a security man in a house in Trans-Ekulu Enugu to kidnap his brother’s master’s mother in-law, his nanny and little baby.
Okwara and his brother, who is now at large, had taken the victims to an unknown destination, on September 23, at about 8:00p.m., demanded and obtained N3 million ransom from the said master.
They used the proceeds to buy a red coloured Toyota Corolla car, which was recovered upon his arrest last Sunday, September 24, at about 6:30p.m.
The suspect was nabbed at Nokpa/Ezimma Nike boundary point, by police operatives in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu Police Divisions, with assistance from Neighbourhood Watch Group.
‘Also recovered, is a Toyota Camry car the suspects had carted away upon the kidnapping of the victims. Further discreet investigation is ongoing,’ the CP said.
Uzuegbu, who said the task of effectively policing the society is daily becoming daunting, however, said since his assumption of duty, he ensured that the right policing strategies are devised to tackle existing and emerging security challenges in the state.
He said: ‘These strategies are subsumed in my grassroots-driven, proactive, people-oriented and problem-solving policing thrust, which is in line with the policing vision and mission of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun.
‘In view of this, I have met and interacted with critical security stakeholders, including local government chairmen, traditional rulers, heads of other security agencies and many others, on the best ways to collectively tackle security challenges in the State.
‘These engagements, I must tell you, have started paying off, as we are making remarkable progress in tackling violent crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and the activities of subversive criminals.
‘It is a known fact that it is humanly impossible to totally eliminate crimes in human society. However, I want to assure the good people of Enugu State and visitors that we remain committed to ensuring that maximum security and tranquility are maintained in the state.