…berates judge for releasing robbery kingpin
By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA – After publicly displaying of one of the rocket launchers with which the armed robbers who last week killed a DPO, destroyed a Police station and attacked four banks in Enugu and Anambra states, Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro yesterday said with the type of sophisticated weapons in the hands of robbers in that area, â€œwe are in perpetual war, everlasting war with criminals in the South Eastâ€.
He made the disclosure even as he expressed disgust that one of the most notorious armed robbery kingpin in the East, one â€˜Sylvester Ogbodoâ€™ from Nkanu who was arrested early this year by the Police over several robberies, killings and kidnappings, but was granted bail by a Judge in shady circumstances, was the same kingpin that led the robbery gangs that
killed the DPO and attacked the Police station.
Speaking at a special meeting he summoned to express his concern over rising crime wave in the East, Okiro told the AIG Zone 9, Umuahia and the States Police Commissioners that he was surprised that while other parts of the country are calm, the Eastern states have become the hotbed of crime, bank robbery and kidnappingâ€.
â€œWhat has made Zone 9 different? We have other zones in the country. We have given out logistics; I created an additional mobile Police Squadron in Abia State and another in Anambra State, yet these attacks are going onâ€.