The Police Command in Anambra says it has recovered one pump action rifle allegedly stolen from a police Station during the #EndSARS protests in the state.
This was disclosed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed on Saturday in Awka.
Haruna, who made this known in a statement made available to newsmen said that the rifle was recovered from a 20-year-old suspect. He said that the suspect was arrested on February 21 at about 11:30am., in collaboration with local vigilance group. He was arrested at Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha, following an intelligence report.
Mohammed said that six other armed robbery suspects were arrested in separate operations; where firearms and ammunitions were equally recovered from them.
He said a 25-year-old man, who was arrested for allegedly stealing a Toyota Corolla 2005 model in Abuja; had been handed over to the FCT Police Command for further investigation. Further, the Police PRO stated that two other suspects, both of 3-3 area near Onitsha; were also arrested on February 21, inside a residential apartment in Okija.
Mohammed said two pump action rifles and 11 cartridges, which they could not give satisfactory account of, were recovered from them.
Meanwhile, the police spokesman said another 22-year-old suspect, of Ochuche village, Umuodo in Ogbaru Local Government area; was arrested with a cut-to-size locally- made double barrel gun on Feb. 22.
“On February 23, Puff Adder operatives, in conjunction with a patrol team attached to Otoucha Division, responded to a distress call around Igbariam and arrested a 29-year-old suspect. The suspect allegedly robbed a lady of her handset and other valuables at gunpoint.
“He voluntarily confessed and exhibits recovered from his possession included three phones; one pump action rifle, one cartridge and one unregistered motorcycle used in perpetrating the act,” Mohammed said.
In addition, he revealed that a police patrol team arrested a suspect on February 26, at about 12:30am; following an intelligence report and recovered from him one English-made pistol and a magazine. Mohammed said that eight suspected cultists were also arrested by operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti-Cult Unit. The suspects were arrested during a secret cult initiation on February 24 and February 26.
He said that the suspects were members of Payton Confraternity.
Equally important, the police spokesman revealed the arrest of three other suspects; who, he said, voluntarily confessed to be members of Vikings Confraternity. He said that exhibits recovered from them included one axe and a beret.
According to him, all cases are under investigation, after which the suspects will be charged to court.