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Cover up : Ebonyi police shield constable allegedly involved in robbery

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By Dennis Agbo

Abakalik i-THE Ebonyi state police command under CP Kachi Udeoji has been thrown into confusion over what to do with one constable (names withheld) in Kpirikpri police station , Abakaliki, who was allegedly shot at the Ebonyi State Teaching Hospital where he, with some other suspected robbers, attacked staff of the teaching hospital that withdrew money from the banks for two consecutive days using motor bikes.

When the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu called for press briefing and parade of suspects on Monday, he sold out the wrangling in the command when, after so much delay and consultations, Anyanwu was unable to parade the suspect, but paraded other suspects related to other crimes.

Anyanwu managed to read his prepared address but failed to mentioned the Constable’s  name even when the suspect’s name was included in the address and that of his co-suspect, Samson Igboji, was read out to the press.

When Anyanwu finished, instead of giving the press his address, he refused but took it to the Commissioner for Police, Kachi Udeoji. The journalists left. Twenty-four hours latter when the PPRO gave the address to newsmen, the constable’s name  was missing in the address.

When newsmen demanded for explanation from the PPRO, he stated that from police investigations, the suspect was only crossing the teaching hospital when he was felled by stray bullet in the cross-fire between the police and the robbers.

But Crime Guard can authoritatively report that during the course of interview with the suspect on the very day of the incident, over two weeks ago, when the suspect was still in a pull of his blood, other policemen at the headquarters were openly abusing the constable for his involvement in the robbery.

Crime Guard can also authoritatively report that one of the victims, a staff of EBSUTH, Dr. Ikerionwu had identified the constable  as one of the robbers that attacked him when he was brought to the same emergency unit that Ikerionwu was being treated.

It was from that point that the police came and took the constable away until the present development where the police is denying his involvement in the robbery.

What the Ebonyi PPRO, ASP Chris Anyanwu did was to give other accounts of robbery and paraded other suspects where he stated that the command has recorded strings of successes in the last three weeks against the men of the underworld following the arrest of six suspected armed robbers and recovery of four locally-made pistols, several rounds of ammunition and other dangerous weapons.

Anyanwu said that the suspected robbers were arrested separately for robberies and rape, giving names of two suspects as Igwe Ude and Kingsley Obi that he said were arrested on August 9 for invading the house of one Mr. Okereke Friday Eze of Ohaduru 11 of Okposi Okwu in Ohaozara local government area and robbed him of two Nokia handsets valued at N20, 000.00, a pair of shoes and Pam sandals, some food stuff and a cash of N9, 000.00.

The PPRO said that the duo with three others still at large after robbing the victim also raped one Ogbonne Eze, 19, a sister to Okereke Friday Eze and stabbed his mother on her cheek.

ASP Anyanwu  said that two other suspects, John Igwe, 24, and Otozi Chijioke,20, SSS 2 students of Agbodo Secondary School, Ngbo who hails from Okposi Ahaku in Ezzangbo local government area were arrested at Nkalagu on August 23 while dangerous weapons including one double-barrelled locally- made pistol, two live cartridges and one dagger were recovered from them.

According to Anyanwu, a final year Biochemistry student of Ebonyi State University, one Herbert Ovuta of No. 2B, Igwenyi Street, Abakaliki and a native of Oshiri in Onicha local government area was apprehended on a tip-off by patrol men on Azugwu area.

“On-the-spot search led to the recovery of a locally-made revolver pistol with three rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 180 wraps of weeds and the sum of N3, 140. The money was allegedly robbed from one Vincent Mbanji of No. 10, Emmanuel Igwe Lane, Unagboke

Azigwu, who was on his way home to render account of his daily sales to his mistress,” he said.

The PPRO urged members of the public to continue to relate with the police in terms of feeding them with factual and prompt information on the activities of criminals within their communities, promising that police would never rest on their oars in giving the state an effective policing.

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