Ten people have been arrested in Enugu by operatives of *Operation Restore Peace’ after being claimed to be involved in kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and fighting.
The operatives seized two firearms, four live rounds of .9mm ammunition, one expended cartridge, two vehicles, one tricycle, one machete, as well as other incriminating items.
In a statement on Thursday, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, said the feat was part of Operation Restore Peace.
Ndukwe said: “On May 28 at about 7am, operatives attached to the Nimbo Police Division arrested Nnamdi Okweli, 26; Victor Nwakor, 23; and Chisom Nwankpa, 22 for suspected kidnapping.
According to the police, the arrest of the trio followed reports that it and other individuals at large were responsible for kidnapping farmers in the region. While a discreet investigation is underway, the suspects confessed to the crime.
According to the police spokesman, operatives attached to the Ogui Police Division arrested Daniel Okoro, 21, and Nzekwe Michael, 24, on May 26 at about 7.30am.
On May 25, he said, the duo and others were alleged to have robbed their victims at gunpoint of N200,000 with a yellow-colored Daihatsu Hijet Commercial Mini Bus with a registration number: ELU 366 XJ.
In addition to the suspects confessing to the crime, Ndukwe said the minibus had also been recovered. To apprehend the fleeing gang members, a manhunt was launched.
On May 26 at 4.30am, operatives from Udenu Area Command in coordination with the Neighbourhood Watch Group rescued and arrested two suspects taken hostage by an angry mob in the Eha-Alumona community in Nsukka Local Government Area.
The suspects were found with a locally-made chief revolver pistol and four rounds of live ammunition.
He said they were rescued and arrested after a report alleged they robbed their victim on May 15 at 1am in Amundi Village.
According to him, operatives attached to Enugu Area Command and law-abiding citizens arrested Abdul Ayuba, 20, and Sati Sampson, 25, both of New Artisan Market, Enugu, on May 23 by 9pm.
A police spokesman said that the duo was arrested while fighting at that location and a local pistol with one expended cartridge was found after a search was conducted on them.
Ndukwe said all suspects will be prosecuted as soon as investigations on their cases are complete.