BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—The ranks of criminals operating in Imo State have again been depleted, following arrest of four young men who were in possession of arms and ammunition by the state Police Command. The suspects claimed to be students of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
Vanguard investigations revealed that members of the gang were apprehended at a police check point along the ever busy Owerri-Port Harcourt federal highway.
It was not very clear at press time how the policemen, who were on a stop and search operation near the main gate of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, suspected the occupants of a taxi cab and decided to search them thoroughly.
Confirming the arrest of the four suspects, the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Sam Oodee, said luck ran out on the armed hoodlums at a police check point at Umuagwo”.
Oodee said that “after searching taxi cab, one locally made pistol, one life cartridge, one penknife & about three cell phones were recovered from the suspects”.
When asked for more details, the PPRO said that when the occupants of the taxi cab were asked to come down for searching, they dropped the gun under the driver’s seat.
Oodee promised that “investigation is currently going on and when it is completed, they will definitely be prosecuted in a competent court of the land.”
He appealed to the citizenry to always give credible information to security agencies for prompt action, adding that “this is one of the ways the people can assist the police in keeping the society free from crime and criminals”.