13 suspected armed robbers surrender arms in Imo
Not less than 13 suspected criminals in both Ilile and Mgbuisii autonomous communities in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo have willingly surrendered their arms for the peace of the communities.
Four out of the ten from Ilile Community had earlier this month surrendered their four guns at the palace of the traditional ruler of the community HRH Eze Bonny Umah.
During the recent Episcopal visit of the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace Anthony Obinna, to Chimezie Catholic Parish Mgbuisii Ohaji, one of the leaders of the gang known as Uju publicly during the church service brought out a pump action gun in his possession.
On the 21st September, 2015, another 8 suspected criminals handed over additional 8 pump action guns to the Catholic Parish Priest in charge of Chimezie Catholic Church Rev.Fr.Eustus Okorie.
The suspects who include Luck, Chigozie Success, Chibunwane, Obinna, Kwekwe among others made congressional statements before the Archbishop, the traditional ruler and the Priest never to go back to their criminal activities again in life.
Confirming the incident, the Imo state Commissioner of Police CP Taiwo Lakanu commended the Divisional Police Officer DPO of Umuaqwo Ohaji in Ohaji/Egbema LGA for his gallantry in making sure all criminal elements in the area are brought to book.
The CP said that arrangement are being made to meet with the Priest in charge of Chimezie Catholic Church so as to take those arms surrendered by the criminal elements to the command headquarters Owerri.
In his reaction the traditional ruler of Ilile autonomous community, HRH Eze Bonny Umah thanked God for touching the hearts of the boys to surrender their arms which he said has now given the people of his domain a breathing space.