Police burst criminal gang, arrest 9 armed robbers in Edo

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By David Owei

Nigeria Police Force, Zone 5 Command headquarters, Benin City, has recorded another milestone achievement by arresting nine suspected armed robbers and other criminal gang across the zone.

Also, nine stolen vehicles as well as illegal pump action guns were recovered in line with the collective quest to rid the zone from all forms of crimes and criminalities.

Disclosing this to newsmen at a media briefing held at the zonal headquarters, Benin City, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Rasheed O. Akintunde, affirmed that operatives of zone arrested the suspects and a suspected fake soldier for car snatching.

The Zonal Command spokesman, DSP Emeka Iheanacho, who addressed on behalf of the AIG Akintunde, hinted that the fake soldiers were arrested in Anambra State while attempting to dispose an unregistered Toyota Picnic vehicle stolen from its owner in Benin City.

“During interrogation, the suspect claimed to be a soldier and brought out a fake warrant card No. 05/NA/57/2141L/CPL Adelabu Lukman attached to NATRAC Engineering Regiment of the Nigerian Army, Kotangora.

“However, verification of his claim showed that he was fake, while he later confessed to have stolen the car from where it was parked in Benin City with his gang through the use of master key.

“Further investigation into the matter via a search in the suspect house led to the recovery of another suspected stolen Toyota Rav 4 Jeep marked: ABUJA RSH 351. The suspect confessed to the crime in an interview with newsmen, adding that he impersonated the army in order to beat security checks.”

Similarly, four persons were arrested in connection with the stolen of one Toyota Corolla car parked at the owner’s house in Benin City. The said vehicle was later recovered in Anambra State, while the suspects after interrogation confirmed their participations in the crime.

Also, he said: “On Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, the zone while acting on intelligence arrested one Monday Asha at Urohi, Ekpoma with one unlicensed single barrel gun and automatic pump action gun.

“I therefore call on members of the public to remember that security is a collective responsibility of all citizens and advise you to be security conscious at all time.”

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