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  • Updated: March 03, 2024

Police arrest suspected vandal, two cultists in Imo

Police arrest suspected vandal, two cultists in Imo

The Imo state police command has disclosed its arrest of three suspects allegedly involved in vandalizing a transformer, stealing of electricity armoured cables and cultism.

The Command, in a release issued on Sunday, said the arrest was sequel to a follow-up to an intelligent gathering by the operatives of Nekede Divisional Headquarters in Owerri-west LGA, in synergy with the local vigilante.

The suspects, according to the release, were arrested in the early hours of Friday, after a hot chase by the operatives of the command.

Henry Okoye, the command's Spokesman, who signed the release gave the suspects' names as Ewurum Obinna, aged 22, involved in transformer vandalization, Chimezie Chukwukere, 26, and Arinze Victor and who is 26 years of age.

The release reads, "an intense follow-up to a diligently gathered actionable intelligence by operatives of Nekede Divisional Headquarters in synergy with the local vigilantes led to the arrest of a notorious criminal suspect named, Ewurum Obinna ‘m’ 22yrs, who specializes in vandalizing transformers and stealing electricity armored cables in Nekede and its environs. 

"The suspect was arrested in the early hours of 01/03/2024, after a hot chase by the ever-gallant operatives. On interrogation, he confessed to the crime admitting that his syndicate was responsible for stealing high-tension electricity cables and vandalizing the transformer at Dike Dum Lodge, Trinity Junction, and other areas in Nekede. He has provided useful information to the Police to assist in the investigation.

"Effort is intensified to arrest other suspects at large particularly the receivers of the stolen items and make them face the full wrath of the law.

"In another different development, on 1/03/2024 at about 1620hrs, operatives of the Nekede Divisional Headquarters while on intelligence-led visibility patrol along Human Race road, Naze, intercepted two suspected cultists who were en route to perfect their criminal intentions. They included Chimezie Chukwukere, ‘m’, 26yrs, and Arinze Victor, ‘m’, 26yrs. On searching the suspects, one black toy gun, two cutlasses,  black berets with a black axe logo inscribed on it, and other incriminating items were recovered.

"During the investigation, the suspects confessed to being members of the black axe confraternity and are currently assisting the determined operatives. Suspects will certainly be arraigned in court after the conclusion of the investigation."

While appreciating the operatives' job well done, the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, Aboki Danjuma, charged DPO Nekede to sustain the tempo in cracking down on criminally minded elements within his jurisdiction. 

He affirmed that the Command under his watch will continue to work tirelessly towards stamping out crime and criminality in the State.

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