By Tony Edike
ENUGU — The police in Enugu have arrested two young men, who were in possession of two locally-made double-barrel guns concealed in a bag while travelling from Enugu to Port Harcourt, Rivers State in a mass transit bus, Sunday.
A fake official of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prince Gabriel Obasi, from Oduma in Aninri Local Government Area of the state has also been apprehended by the police for impersonation and extortion.
The two suspects now being detained for illegal possession of firearms, were arrested by operatives of 3, Squadron Police Mobile Force, Awkunanaw Enugu on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway during a stop-and-search on the bus conveying them from Enugu to Rivers State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrests, yesterday, said the two men identified as Ernest Nwodo and Ugochukwu Ifeanyi, boarded the bus at Garki, Enugu and when the policemen on stop-and-search close to the Enugu and Abia State boundary conducted a search on the vehicle with number plate BH 948 ENU, they found the two guns hidden in a Bagco sack.
Fake NAFDAC official
Amaraizu said Prince Obasi was apprehended by the eagle eyed policemen on August 30, 2013 following a report by a victim at Awgu in Enugu State that the suspect visited his shop at Orie Awgu Market, where he presented himself as an official of NAFDAC and demanded his liquor licence.
He was said to have demanded and collected N10,000 from the complainant for selling local gin popularly, called kaikai without authorisation.
The suspect, according to Amaraizu, confessed to the crime of impersonating NAFDAC officials after his arrest and pleaded for forgiveness.