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Francis William, a dismissed police officer, has been taken into custody after being apprehended while trying to steal an electricity transformer that was the property of Aba Power Company near National High School on Port-Harcourt Road in Aba, as confirmed by the Abia Police Command.
Addressing the press in Umuahia on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Kenechukwu Onwuemelie highlighted the command’s achievements and activities from July to September.
Mr. Onwuemelie, represented by ASP Maureen Chinaka, the command’s spokesperson, announced that 34-year-old William was arrested at about 6:00 PM on September 11 by officers from the Ndiegoro Divisional Police Headquarters in Aba. The arrest was made based on credible information.
He reported that the suspect was nabbed while clad in police camouflage attire, with a fez cap on his head, and in possession of a forged Police warrant card.
‘He was arrested, and the stolen property was recovered.’
‘The case has been charged to court, and the suspect is remanded in correctional custody,’ he said.
In addition, the Abia Police Chief announced that the command had taken into custody several other individuals implicated in crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and the destruction of government property.
Over the specified period, he reported that the police had made several arrests and had successfully collected a variety of exhibits.
‘Some of the exhibits include firearms of different specifications, vehicles, railway sleepers and illicit drugs.’
‘Also, some kidnap victims and trafficked children were safely rescued.’
In his account, all the cases have been officially submitted to the court.
Chukwuemeka London, a 35-year-old mechanic, who is another suspect in the case, shared with journalists that he had purchased a locally crafted, single-barrel hunting rifle.
According to London’s account, the gun, which was later discovered in his possession, had a familial link as it had once been his late grandfather’s.
Mr. Onwuemelie disclosed that the suspect had been taken into custody at around 1400 hours, following a complaint made to the Ugwunagbo Police Station concerning his possession of firearms without authorization.
He explained that the suspect and the seized items were conveyed to the State Criminal Investigation Department for an extended inquiry and subsequent legal proceedings.
The authorities also took into custody one Princewill Jumbo, aged 49, for purportedly acquiring a Sienna space bus, registered as (Enugu) JRV 857 AA, that had been reported as stolen. The vehicle was allegedly purchased from Chukwuma Egwim, aged 40.
According to the State Police boss, both suspects were taken into custody on October 2nd, around 1100 hours, following reliable information.
Speaking to journalists, Jumbo revealed that he had acquired the vehicle from Egwim, oblivious to the fact that it had been stolen.
In addition, Mr. Onwuemelie stated that law enforcement operatives carried out a raid on a notorious criminal hideout situated in Ehere, Aba, leading to the apprehension of eight suspects, aged between 20 and 45.