Imo State police command has announced the arrest of two suspected killers of an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in Ngor Okpala area of the state.
Commissioner of Police, CP, in charge of the state, CP Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed yesterday at the command headquarters, Owerri and narrated that some Customs officers who were on beat duty at Umuhu in Ngor Okpala LGA along Owerri/Aba Road were attacked by some hoodlums who killed one of them and made away with his AK47 riffle and Mazda 626 saloon car.
According to him, the suspects who he gave their names as; Chibuzor Ike ‘m’ of Umuota Umuhu in Ngor Okpala and one Henry Ndubisi Simon ‘m’ of No. 24 New Road, Amakohia in Owerri North LGA of the state were nabbed following a painstaking investigation by operatives of the command.
He hinted that Henry led the cops to the gang’s hideout at World Bank area in New Owerri where the AK47 and its magazine assigned to the slain Customs officer were recovered with other items namely; one Mazda 626 saloon car, one bucket containing IED materials, two small batteries and one small rod.
He added that investigation is still ongoing and concerted efforts are being made to apprehend other members of the gang for prosecution.
Continuing, the Imo police boss disclosed that a total of 19 suspects were arrested and recovered two vehicles, 12 firearms in the last two weeks, assuring Imolites that the command is poised to ensure they enjoy a crime-free yuletide.
Among other suspects paraded were: one Christiantus Kenneth and Uchenna Ogbuji, both males from Orji in Owerri North LGA arrested for armed robbery, one Izunna Lawrence Ugwuagbara, a.k.a. Black Face ‘m’ of Amaeze Ogii in Okigwe LGA also picked and held for armed robbery.
When interviewed, the suspected killers of the Customs officer Chibuzor and Henry denied involvement in the crime but admitted the items belonging to the slain officer were found in their custody when arrested.