The Commissioner of Police Imo State Police Command CP Isaac Akinmoyode today paraded Suspects arrested for various crimes ranging from Child trafficking, kidnapping, Armed Robbery, murder etc.
Below is the full press briefing.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the press. Am so delighted to see you once again after my inaugural press briefing on the 20th of May, 2020, where I informed Imolites of our plans to rid Imo of crime and criminality. It could be recalled that during that briefing, I made it clear that we shall take the fight against violent crimes to the den of kidnappers and armed robbers. I also promised to make Imo too hot for criminals unless they leave Imo or change from their wicked ways. These promises we have kept and are still keeping.
In view of the above therefore, I want to share with you the tremendous breakthroughs of the Command in the last few days. Here are a total Of Eleven (11) suspects involved in crimes ranging from child stealing/trafficking to kidnapping, armed robbery etc. The details of the cases are: –
On 30th May, 2020, operatives of the Anti-Vice Unit of the Command while on stop and search duty, intercepted the above- named suspects with a boy of about two (2) years and on interrogation, they confessed that they stole the child at Kakuano LGA, Rivers State and brought him for sale. The boy has been safely kept in the motherless babies’ home while effort is being made to locate the parents while investigation is ongoing.
The Command therefore enjoin members of the public whose child was stolen or who knows anyone that has lost his child recently to contact Imo State Police control room on 08034773600 or the Police Public Relations Officer on 07034714499.
Sequel to the kidnap of one Ejemonu Emmanuel Izuchukwu, Emmanuel Egom and Chijioke Amadi, all of Imo State, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit immediately swung into action. Upon painstaking and discreet investigation, they stormed the hideout of the hoodlums at Umuokpo, Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA. On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums engaged them in gun battle and after the gun duel, two of the suspects sustained fatal bullet wounds as a result of which they gave up the ghost. The third suspect was arrest alive and is cooperating with the operatives in their investigation.
On 29/05/2020 at approximately 0730hrs, at Umuapu in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State, SARS operatives arrested one Kelechi Opara ‘m’ 37 years old, who hails from Omurelu in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State. He was arrested for shooting at his neighbour over domestic issues. Upon arrival of SARS operatives, he was overpowered, arrested and a serviceable locally-made pistol with empty cartridge was recovered from him. The suspect will be charged upon completion of investigation.
On 05/06/2020, based on a distress call from the Police Control Room regarding the kidnapping of the above-mentioned persons at the early hours of the morning, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) swung into action, stormed the Ikpaoha forest between Okigwe/Ideato LGAs and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. Consequently, the hoodlums fled with gunshot wounds and the victims were rescued unhurt. The victims have been reunited with their families while investigation is ongoing.
On5/6/2020 at about 0900hrs, SARS operatives upon a tip-off arrested, at Umuorii Owerri North LGA of Imo State, one Ezenwa Emmanuel ‘m’ 33 years old. A search of his person led to the recovery of a locally-made pistol. Suspect is making useful statement that will help operatives arrest other gang members. Investigation is in progress.
Sequel to series of kidnap, robbery and house breaking and stealing incidents around Owerri West LGA, operatives of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit swung into action, upon discreet and painstaking investigation, arrested the above named suspects, who has been identified as being the hoodlums terrorizing the above mentioned area. Efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members while investigation continues.
On 24/4/2020 at about 0430hrs, a six man armed robbery gang invaded the building site of one Fred Nwagbo of Umuepu Agwa in Oguta LGA, robbed the site engineer and his labourers of two (2) motorcycles, different makes of phones and unspecified amount of money. On receipt of this information, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit swung into action, through credible intelligence, one Sunday Oluwuihe ‘m’ was arrested at his hideout in Mgboba in Obiakpor LGA, in Rivers State. He confessed to the crime and led operatives to the arrest of one Kelechi Opara ‘m’ who also confessed to the crime as well as other armed robbery, kidnap and house breaking/stealing incidents within Oguta and environs.