Police arrests soldier, nine others for murder, armed robbery

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The Enugu State Police command has paraded a dismissed soldier and nine others for murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, cultism and other offences within July in the state.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Abdurahman Mohammed while parading the suspects said the dismissed soldier, whose name was given as Ifesinachi Nwankwo, aged 24, joined the Nigerian Army in 2017 and served in Damboa, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Mohammed added that the soldier who went on AWOL after his base came under constant Boko Haram attacks in 2018 ventured into armed robbery and was arrested alongside one of his gang members, Raphael Nworie, aged 27.

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The COMPOL revealed that the duo and others at large were responsible for the murder of Ominyi Chukwu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, after they attacked Ozalla Division of the command at Agro-Allied Product Filling Station on the Obe/Agbani Road, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.

They had allegedly carted away two assault rifles and injured an Inspector of Police, Princewill Ebiriem, after the attack. They also attacked and killed the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw community, Onyebuchi Aninwagu, on July 19, 2020, and were alleged to have also made away with his pump-action rifle.

The police boss added that the arrests were due to intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, including neighborhood watch groups and other stakeholders.

He said: “It is expedient to say that these achievements were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, local security outfits like the neighborhood watch groups in the state, stakeholders and the general public as well as unalloyed loyalty, dedication and diligence of officers and men of the command.”

Items recovered from the suspects include six firearms, an AK-47 rifle, 15 ammunition, 36 live cartridges, one TV set, one mobile phone and one cutlass.