CRIME Anam­bra po­lice pa­rade gang for chop­ping-off DPO’s ear

…hood­lums stripped DPO naked, tore his uni­form

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

The Anam­bra Po­lice Com­mand on Mon­day pa­raded a nine-man gang that had ter­ror­ized the Nanka com­mu­nity in Orumba North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state for years.

The gang led by one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo al­legedly chopped off the ear of a Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of Ajali Divi­sion(name with­held) who was at Nanka to ef­fect ar­rest.

Parad­ing the sus­pects at the State Anti-Rob­bery Squad of­fice at Awkuzu, Oyi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, the Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, DSP Ali Okechukwu said the Nanka com­mu­nity had been lib­er­ated by the ar­rest of the gang.

His words: “On 17/02/2014 at about 9am hours, one Okechukwu Udezuka of Oraifite and Ebuka sur­name un­known were shot dead at Tarzan, Nk­por by a gang of armed rob­bers.

“In the course of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, one Ema­manuel Nwabudu, Chigozie, Nweke a.k.a Achito were ar­rested.

“The sus­pects named one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo of Nanka and oth­ers as those that at­tacked and killed Okechukwu Udezuka and Ebuka.

“Ev­ery at­tempt to ar­rest Ife­didilichukwu and his gang mem­bers proved abortive.

Okechukwu fur­ther said that on June 27,2016, Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo, Chidi Nwankwo and Udoye Kenechukwu were ar­rested fol­low­ing a raid of Nanka com­mu­nity.

The PPRO main­tained that “Be­fore now, the gang led by Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo had sev­er­ally pre­vented the po­lice from Force CID Abuja, Zonal Head­quar­ters Umuahia, from mak­ing any ar­rest at Nanka.

He al­leged that the gang burnt down a po­lice Hilux Jeep dur­ing an ar­rest in the com­mu­nity, adding that a team led by the DPO Ajali Divi­sion, On June 20,2016, was am­bushed at Nanka by the gang when they (po­lice) went to ef­fect ar­rest.

“The DPO Ajali was robbed of his hand­set and some undis­closed sum of money. He was stripped naked and one of his ears chopped off. Equally his of­fi­cial uni­form was torn to shreds, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the PPRO, the DPO who nar­rowly es­caped death is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in an undis­closed hospi­tal.

“Hith­erto, sev­eral cases of armed rob­bery/kid­nap­ping, rape and as­sas­si­na­tion were trailed to Nanka, the rea­son po­lice de­tec­tives made sev­eral but un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts to ar­rest the king­pins,” the po­lice spokesper­son noted.

Mem­bers of the gang be­ing pa­raded at the Anam­bra State po­lice com­mand

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