By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State Police Command has paraded some suspects for various crimes including cultism, child stealing, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, paraded the suspects and displayed exhibits recovered from them at the Police Headquarters, Amawbia.
The items recovered from the suspects include twenty four locally made guns; forty-two cartridges; four live ammunitions; cutlasses; axes and swords, while eighteen suspects of illegal revenue collection were arrested and paraded alongside others suspected of cultism, child stealing, armed robbery, one chance syndicate and kidnapping, among others.
Addressing Journalists, Mr. Umar stated that the Command had recorded tremendous successes in reducing crime to the barest minimum and revealed that in October this year, the command equally launched an aggressive manhunt for cultists in the state, arresting over one hundred confessed cult members who hitherto were a source of nightmare to the state's residents.
The State Police Commissioner pointed out that following intelligence reports, the Command arrested one Salafa Delays with two fabricated pistols and two live cartridges. He said Salafa was suspected to be part of the robbery syndicate terrorizing Onitsha and environs, while one Chukwuemeka Umeji was arrested for allegedly stabbing his elder brother, one Chigozie Aghaji of Nenco Filling Station, Okpuno, Nnewi.
He said they also arrested one Ikechukwu Atapka from Aguleri and his accomplice, one John Osita, for allegedly breaking into the residence of one Professor Eric Ofoedu.
On the issue of illegal collection of tolls and levies and all forms of extortions in the state under false pretence, Mr. Umar warned all those involved to have a rethink and desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.
CP Umar attributed the successes achieved to the support of Ndi Anambra who, he said, provided the command with useful information about criminals and their hideouts. He urged residents to report any suspicious movement of persons by calling police emergency number, 07039194332, assuring that with the assistance of Governor Willie Obiano, the command was motivated to provide safe and secure environment for all citizens in the state.
One of the victims of illegal revenue collection, Chief Jude Duruoma, narrated his experience with the suspects while; Mr. Sunday Anaekwe, a suspected illegal revenue collector equally told his own side of the story.