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Enugu State Police Command says it arrested nine suspects for offenses ranging from murder, Cultism,armed robbery, conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms .
The Command also recovered some incriminating exhibits even as suspects have been arraigned and remanded in prison custody.
The suspects includes, Umeju Chinonso aged 40, Hillary Nnacheta aged 19, Onunze Chiemerie aged 19, Moses Emeka aged 22, Obasi Chika aged 23, Nnamoko Tochukwu aged 21, Mbadugha Chidera Shedrack aged 26, Eze Ifeanyi aged 30 and Ezeofor Onyedikachi aged 19.
They were arrested in the month of May 2023 at different locations of Enugu State, by Operatives serving in Anti-Cultism Squad of the State Police Command, for the offenses of conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and cultism.
While One cut-to-size double-barreled gun, one cut-to-size single-barreled gun, one locally made double-barreled pistol, several parts of gun, seven live cartridges, one battleaxe head, different bank’s ATM Cards, two black berets and other incriminating items were recovered from them.
According to the statement signed and made available to News Planet International,by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO DSP Daniel Ndukwe, “Investigation revealed that the suspects are part of an armed robbery syndicate specialized in car snatching, dispossessing innocent citizens within Enugu metropolis, especially in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu, of their belongings, as well as attacking and robbing Point-of-Sale (POS) operators of their funds. “
DSP Ndukwe also said that the suspects were found to be members of the Vikings Confraternity, involved in the recent rival cult war in different parts of Enugu State, wherein some young persons were shot and murdered”.
They have been arraigned in court and remanded in Enugu Custodial Centre, pending further hearing into the case.