By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
Few days after the attack on a Bullion van at Ezzamgbo junction of Abakaliki surburb, Ebonyi State on 29th July 2020, by armed robbers which led to the death of four (4) police officers and a roadside welder, leaving others injured, suspected killers armed men have been apprehended.
It was gathered that IRT Detectives with technical Intelligence Support from TIU engaged on serious manhunt which led to the arrest of one Alfred Robinson ’M’ 45 years , Ijaw by tribe and a native of Gelegele town in Ovia North LGA,Edo State on 1st August,2020 in Asaba Delta state.
It was also gathered that the team subsequently recovered some items including Toyota 4 Runner Jeep with number plate AAA 561 FV Nasarawa State, snatched alongside others for the purpose of the operation.
On interrogation, the alleged criminal was said to had made useful confession that led to the apprehension of some other culprits and some weapons recovered are one(1)PMG riffle with one hundred and fifty three (153) rounds of lives ammunitions,five AK 47 with one thousand four hundred and two(1402) rounds of lives ammunitions,one K2 riffles with loaded magazines, and fifty one(51) AK47 magazines.
It was learnt that during intensive follow up that six more gang members were arrested by IRT Detectives within 24hrs who among them were serving and dismissed soldiers.
The gang members arrested gave their names as Sunday Soyemu (a.k.a Sunny) ‘M’ , 46 years, an Ijaw by tribe and a native of Alegnene in Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa State, SGT Ayeni Samuel ‘M’ 43 years, a serving soldier currently attached to Command Day Secondary School, Nigeria Army Cantonment,Ikeja,Lagos and a native of Ilesha town,Ilesha South LGA,Osun State.
Others are, Emeka Harrison ‘M’ 33years, a dismissed soldier who until his ordeal was attached to 7 division Garrison, Maiduguri,Borno State and a native of Nsukka in Nsukka East LGA,Enugu State who was dismissed in the year 2015, Emeka Iloh ‘M’ 37-year-old and sponsor and a native Igwachi Community,Orji River LGA, Enugu State and a resident of FH Estate,Kubwa FCT.
Also among them are,Mr.Abuchi Elijah (a.k.a Chime D Mosquito) ‘M’-27-years who’s an informant to the Abakaliki/Awka recharge card robbery, who is a native of Isialangwa in Isialangwa LGA of Abia State, resident of Bonsac area,Asaba,Delta State and Ibanifiroi Ekiene,’M’,38 years,an Ijaw and native of Tombia Community in Dedema LGA,River State.
In thesame development,recovered from the six hoodlums arrested who came from various axis of the south- south / south east with intent to perfect a planned intended bank robbery in Asaba includes a Lexus 350 Jeep with number plate AGK 267 FN Lagos with some weapons including,one hundred and thirty six (136) rounds of K2 ammunitions, five K2 magazines, twelve locally made bomb(unexploded),one KPT Power tool 230 angle grinder,hammers and charms.
However,all the suspects upon interrogation allegedly confessed to the Bullion Van Robbery in Ebonyi State where four police men were killed with Many other armed robberies/Kidnappings operations across the South east and south South region.
The suspects were also alleged to had Confessed that four out of the rifles recovered belongs to the Police men they killed during the Bullion van robbery in Ebonyi State.Meanwhile, effort to speak with the Ebonyi State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Loveth Odah was not successful as at the time of filling this report.