A suspected criminal who specialises in robbing unsuspecting passengers of their money and valuables, through a means popularly known as ‘one chance,’ one Miss Chidimma Onuoha has narrated how they robbed their victims.
The suspect, who stated that she operates at Elelenwo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, was arrested alongside her other four accomplices during a clamp-down on criminals by men of the state police command in the area.
The suspect, who claimed to be okra seller at the popular Oil Mill Market, said they usually robbed their victims while he or she is trying to lock the car door.
“I am here because I have no help. I do this thing because of family problem as I don’t have anybody helping us. The government should please sympathise with us. They should tamper justice with mercy. This is my first time I entered this type of mess. I don’t operate with gun or any arm.
“The way we operate is like this: When someone enters car, we tell the victim to close the door very tight, then we will start searching their bags and if there is nothing inside we will return the bag back to the owner and tell the victim to come down.
“I trade on okra and pepper at Oil Mill Market,” she said.
However, a taxi driver and indigene of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ability Loveday, who is being accused of stocking a gun and cartridges in a loaf of bread and his counterpart, Ezekiel Godwin, claimed innocence, saying the criminals ran away while police was searching their vehicle.
“I am driving this vehicle. I am a commercial driver; I picked this young man at the Lagos bus stop. So while I was driving I picked other three passengers at SPAR (Port Harcourt Mall), two boys, one woman. The woman dropped at UTC Junction and on my may going to the Abali Park I saw the police and they asked me to come down and open the boot. They requested for my licence and particulars (which) I showed them.
“After that, they asked that everybody should come down. While the police were still searching the bags in the car, the two boys I picked from SPAR ran away and the police took us to DPO. It was at DPO office that they opened the bag and I saw what is inside and I told them that I don’t know those boys,” he narrated.
Briefing newsmen shortly before the parade, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hyelasinda Musa Kimo, said a total of 39 suspected criminals who perpetrate acts ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism were arrested within the period.
CP Kimo also stated that two AK47 rifles, eight locally-made pistols, four locally made guns, four magazines, 84 assorted ammunition, 17 cartridges, some dried leaves suspected to be marijuana, 15 vehicles, among others, were recovered.
“On 10/11/2015, at about 9pm at Arazona, off Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, a team of policemen acting on a distress call that one Mr Samuel Akujobi was kidnapped by armed men operating in a Volkswagen Golf 3 saloon car. The team chased the suspected kidnappers thereby forcing them to abandon their victim, their operational vehicle and the victim’s Lexus jeep with registration number ABJ 724 BC.
“On 01/11/2014 at about 5.03am, policemen on routine patrol along Ada George Road, Port Harcourt, sighted a suspicious black Honda Civic with registration No AHD 145 RX with three young mail occupants, and on approaching the vehicle’s the occupants opened fire on the policemen. Three of them got fatally wounded after a gun duel with policemen while one AK 47 rifle, two magazines, 50 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, a complete set of police uniform and a police bullet proof vest were recovered.
“In a similar vein, the command smashed a gang or armed robbers who specialises in trailing unsuspecting bank customers and rob them of their hard earned money soon after money withdrawal either through Automated Teller Machine Machine, ATM, or from the banking hall. The duo of Hycinth Apasu and Akelaxhi Nwobike were on 06/11/2015 were arrested at their hideout at Emekuku and have confessed to be the gang that terrorises bank customers around Azikiwe and Olu-Obasanjo axis of Port Harcourt.

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