By Mokwugwo Solomon & O’Star Eze
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, has said that the state’s Police Command is combat ready for criminal elements in the state; and will battle them to a standstill, till they leave the state for good.
The Commissioner made the assertion on Monday, April 1, at the state police headquarters in Amawbia, while parading suspected armed robbery and murder suspects.
Dandaura, who was replaced by CP Ladodo, during the general elections, resumed on Monday more determined than ever to fight crimes and sustain the status of the state as the most secured in Nigeria.
Among the criminals paraded by Dandaura was one Ikechukwu Udensi, a wanted criminal, who allegedly murdered 38 year-old trader, Ndubisi Nwokolo, on June 29, 2018, at No. 21 Otamoye Street, Odoakpu, Onitsha.
The CP said that after the murder, the Command launched aggressive manhunt for the fleeing perpetrators and declared the ring leader, Ikechukwu Udensi, aka IKANDA, 27 years, of Azia town in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State, wanted.
According to the police boss, Ikanda was arrested on Sunady, March 31, 2019, by police operatives attached to the Command Operation Udoka and Special Anti robbery Squad, SARS, who raided a criminal hideout at Menax near down flyover at the Upper-Iweka axis of Onitsha.
He said that the suspect is assisting the police with useful information that could help in arresting his accomplices in order to bring them to justice.
The CP also paraded 5 hoodlums suspected to be IPOB members, who attacked Ajalli Division and burnt down the Police Station, three police patrol vehicles and other exhibits on February 15, 2019. The suspects, according to the CP, are: Abuchi Nwogwu, 21 years; Okwudili Nwanne, 42 years; Maduabuchi Obia, 22 years; Chukwuedozie Orah, 30 years; and Ekechi Chukwuemeka, 30 years.
He further disclosed that the suspects equally carted away with three AK 47 rifles from the Division’s armoury and injured the DCO, who was on visiting round.
“Upon interrogation, the suspects took operatives to their criminal hideout and one of the AK 47 rifles with breech number KO 358792 carted away was recovered. The case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution,” the CP said.
Also paraded was one Chimaobi Amauwa, 25 years; of Ihechiowa in Abia State. The CP said the suspect was arrested on 28th March, 2019, by police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha.
The police boss said police preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect belonged to a “one chance” robbery syndicate terrorizing Onitsha and environs “using a commercial bus in order to deceive their victims.”
“Exhibits recovered from the suspect include one locally made pistol and the operational vehicle L300 bus with REG. No. DRK 85 XA,” he said.
He assured residents of the state that all hands are on deck to ensure the safety and security of all citizens. He equally enjoined the general public to continue to assist the police with useful information and report any suspicious persons or movement through the police emergency numbers availed to the public.