Police operatives in Enugu State have arrested four suspected high-profile criminals within a week’s time as the former upped their game to bring those instigating criminality and violence to book.
The operatives within the period recovered one AK-47 rifle with 51 live ammunition of 7.62mm calibre, three locally-fabricated Beretta pistols, one Pump Action gun, the butt of a locally-made gun, 31 live cartridges and other incriminating exhibits.
The State police image maker, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement in Enugu that the suspects believed to be among criminals instilling fear in the residents were arrested
He said that the feat was achieved by the current operational and crime-fighting measures put in place by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Ammani.
He said that the commissioner had tasked police operatives to sustain the tempo in ridding the state of unrepentant criminals, while calling on the residents to continue to assist the police with credible information.
He said that acting on credible information, police operatives serving in the Anti-Cultism Squad arrested Ifeanyi Ngene, 36, at Akwuke in the Awkunanaw axis of Enugu, on Dec. 6 at about 9.30 a.m.
The police spokesman said that recovered from Ngene unlawful possession were one AK-47 rifle with 51 live ammunition of 7.62 calibre, one Pump Action gun with 25 live cartridges and two AK-47 rifle magazines.
According to him, also recovered from Ngene were one senior police officer’s cloth, three black military belts, two forest guards’ inscribed black berets and two walkie-talkies. “One cut-to-size locally-fabricated gun with six live cartridges was found in his unlawful possession.
“Similarly, police operatives serving in Police Mobile Force-3, while on intensified patrol along Ozalla-4-Corners-Udi Road, intercepted and arrested Amaechi Precious, 25, in a Toyota Sienna commercial vehicle transiting from Abakaliki, Ebonyi to Awka, Anambra.
He noted that all the suspects would be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations were concluded on the respective matters.