ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€” THE Anambra State Police Command says it has arrested one of the people, whoÂ attempted to kidnap the Obi of Onitsha and Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rrulers, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe at his palace in October this year in Onitsha, bringing to three the number of suspects so far arrested over the incident.
Briefing newsmen at the headquarters of the State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha gave the name of the arrested suspect as Ugochukwu Igbokwe, a native of Nekede in Owerri, Imo State.
According to the police, the suspect confessed to the crime and named four other people as members of his gang, adding that investigations into the matter is continuing.
It will be recalled that two members of the gang were killed during a shootout with the police on the day of the incident, which also claimed the life of a woman selling bean cakes in the neighbourhood. The police also recovered weapons from the hoodlums, who came to Igwe Achebeâ€™s palace inÂ SUV cars.
Parade suspected criminals
The police also paraded 35 suspects, who were alleged to be involved in armed robbery and cult activities in various parts of the state.
According to the command, the rate of crime in the state has reduced considerably since the current Commissioner took over in September, adding that the redeployment of many officers and men, as well as mounting of check points at strategic places had helped to check the movement of the criminals.
â€œBetween September and now, there has not been any robbery incident in the state. Though there were few cases of high profile kidnappings between September and October, the state has been relatively quiet,â€ the police said.