BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI— Six dare devil armed robbery suspects, who have been terrorizing innocent citizens in Owerri North and Ideato North local council areas of Imo State, have been arrested by the police.
Those arrested, who are also natives of Urualla, included Michael Onyzimuzor alias Ishimpi, Onyeka Obi, Chika Achara, Emmanuel Ajaero and Kingsley Nwenyi, while the sixth person is currently hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
Briefing journalists yesterday afternoon, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the hoodlums were captured last Wednesday morning.
He said: “The Command received information from a reliable source that robbers were operating with a bus with vehicle plate number AG 397 URU. In a swift response, the crack squad of the command went after them with an unmarked vehicle.”
According to the ACP, the robbers opened fire on the police, and in the ensuing gun battle, one of them sustained serious injury on his leg, while five other members of the gang were arrested.
“In the course of police investigation, one Mrs. Jessy Okoro identified Michael Onyezimuzo, alias Ishimpi, as a member of the gang that kidnapped her and took her to the bush where she was videoed nude after collecting ransom.”