Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the Imo State Police Command on Thursday announced the arrest of a 20-year-old undergraduate of the Imo State University, Owerri, Simon Ekani, for alleged armed robbery.
The police said Ekani was arrested alongside a 26-year-old man, Richard Ikenna, who had been on the police wanted list for armed robbery.
The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said both robbery suspects were members of the Vikings Confraternity.
Galadanchi said, “During the arrest, Richard Ikenna, who had been on the wanted list of the command for armed robbery and murder, sustained gunshot injuries on his right leg.
“One of their victims, Paul Anyanwu, 37, who narrowly escaped death after being robbed by the gang, has identified them.
“They were arrested at a hotel along Works Layout in Owerri.
“One locally-made pistol, a double-barrelled pistol with three unexpended and one expended cartridges were recovered.
“The suspects are Richard Ikenna from Owerri Municipal and Simon Ekani, from Rivers State.”
The commissioner of police said the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.
“Our strategy is community policing. It is working for us because it involves everybody.
“As the festive period approaches, we have initiated new methods of nipping in the bud crimes and their perpetrators,” he added.
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