Enugu, Nigeria – Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday paraded 92 suspected criminals arrested between August and September 2023 within the state territory.
While addressing his maiden press conference on Tuesday, the Enugu state commissioner of police, CP, Kanayo Uzuegbu added that 12 kidnapped victims were rescued from the various parts of the state within the period under review.
According to the CP, the suspects were arrested for cultism, robbery, murder, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
Items recovered from the suspects according to the police boss include 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.
He said “one Kelechi Okwara aged 27, of Ohafia, Abia State was arrested on 24/09/2023 at about 6.30pm at Nokpa/Ezimma Nike boundary point, by Police Operatives in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu Police Divisions, with assistance from Neighbourhood Watch Group, following their swift response to credible information. Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect squats with his brother at large who works as a security man in a house in Trans-Ekulu Enugu.
“The suspect confessed to having conspired with his brother to kidnap his master’s mother in-law, his nanny and little baby to an unknown destination, on 23/09/2023 at about 8pm. That they demanded and obtained a ransom of three million naira (N3,000,000.00) from the said master and used the proceeds to buy a red coloured Toyota Corolla car, which was recovered upon his arrest.
“Also earlier recovered is a Toyota Camry car the suspects had carted away upon the kidnapping of the victims. Further discreet investigation is ongoing.