…nab recruit at headquarters for stealing bike from officer
By Dennis Agbo, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi state police command has arrested a 45- year-old man, Chibuke Onwu, suspected to have attempted defilement of a two- year-old baby at Hausa quarters in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The Ebonyi state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, while parading the suspect alongside 13 other suspects arrested for different crimes ranging from armed robbery, advance fee fraud to murder, said that on the 10th of July 2010, at about 11am when the mother of the baby, Mrs. Jennifer John, left the teenage girl to buy some food items, the suspect took away the girl and attempted raping her.
According to the Commissioner , â€œOn 10th July 2010 at about 11am, Mrs. Jennifer John of Hausa quarters, left her 2 years old girl at home to a nearby store to buy some Garri and rice to prepare lunch for her children. On her return after a
couple of minutes, the daughter was not seen.Â Â She raised an alarm and a search party was organized.Â
Â During the search, one Chibuike Onwu of Hausa quarters was sighted with the girl in an uncompleted building with the girlâ€™s pant in his hands while attempting to rape her. On sighting the search party, he abandoned the girl and took to his heelsâ€.
The police boss however said that detectives from the command took up the challenge and immediately swung into action and the suspect was apprehended in an isolated place at Abakaliki while making arrangement to escape from the town, adding that the suspect has however confessed to the crime.
While speaking with Crime Guard, the suspect, Onwu said that he had not â€œdone anything by the time they came after himâ€.Â
He disclosed that he hails from Nkanu area ofÂ Enugu state, works at the Timber market in Abakaliki and is married with two children, but was not living with the wife in Abakaliki.
Also among the 13 suspects paraded by the police were five students of Saint Andians Secondary School, Umuezaka in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state over the alleged murder of a lecturer of the school, Mr. Friday Okeke when the students went on rampage in the school.
The Police boss said that on the 22nd of June 2010, students of Saint Andians Secondary School went on rampage based on some flimsy excuses and took the laws into their hands during which the lecturer was murdered, pointing out that the five students arrested are assisting the command in its investigation.
Similarly, one Paul Ibina, a 27- year -old man of Oferekpe, Izzi Inyimagu in Izzi Local Government Area of the state was paraded for allegedly killing his own mother, one Mrs. Nwibo Ibina on the 29th of June 2010 with a machete.Â Â The Police commissioner said the suspect, due to inexplicable urge to kill, attacked and macheted his mother to death right inside
their farm when they went to farm, explaining that the suspect has been arrested and has confessed to have committed the crime and would soon be arraigned in court.
The command also paraded two other suspects for allegedly vandalizing cables belonging to NITEL Plc in Afikpo and attacked and robbed one Mr. Gabriel Okoro of the sum of N92, 442.00 which led to their search and subsequent arrest by the men of the command.
Another startling revelation by the police boss was the arrest of one Gabriel Okoro who came to enlist into the police force at the police headquarters and stole a motorcycle belonging to a police officer.Â Â Â Two fraudsters,Â Utipe Tommy Dike and James Edike that specialize in offering non -existing jobs to unsuspecting applicants were also arrested by the Police.Â
The commissioner called on members of the public to volunteer information to the police, adding that the police is poised to deal ruthlessly with criminals in the state.