Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Anambra CP parades pastor, women, child trafficking suspects

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu


The Anambra State Police Command, on Tuesday, paraded a pastor and his three-member child trafficking syndicate accused of child trafficking and others over similar offences ranging from criminal conspiracy, child stealing, armed robbery, cultism, making of false statement, among others.

While parading the suspects, the newly deployed CP, Mr Garba Umar, explained that the 60-year old cleric, Raymond Igboanusi, a 62-year old man; and two other women allegedly were napped for conspiring to trafficked a 10-year-old child at the sum of N300,000.

He said the suspects were among no fewer than 100 crime suspects the command arrested in the state between June 26 to July 11, 2017, adding that, “On July 8, at about 1100hrs, police detectives attached to Nnewi Division arrested one Oluchi Emeobi, who conspired with her friend, one Nchedoch Richard and sold her two months old baby to a woman known as First Lady. In order to conceal her dastardly act, the suspect reported to police under false pretense that she left her baby under the custody of a yet to be ascertained woman.”

Umar also disclosed that exhibits recovered from the principal suspect included N250, 000 cash and a motorcycle allegedly bought with part of the money realized from the sale of the baby, while on June 22, the Command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested a robbery suspect, Ogechukwu Ochomma, 24, at Okpoko-Awada road, Onitsha, following a distress call.

“The suspect and two others, who escaped opened fire when they sighted the police. Ochomma sustained gunshot injury on his leg while his accomplices abandoned the mission and escaped. But efforts were on to apprehend the fleeing suspects,” he said.

The police boss said exhibits recovered from the suspects include one cut to size single barrel gun, two live cartridges, one double barrel gun, one pump action, a fabricated pistol and charms, six rounds of 9mm live ammunition, one short axe, a knife and other incriminating objects.

Disclosing that a suspected cultist, Chukwuezugo Ikeomu also known as ‘Zion’ was allegedly shot and killed by rival cult group at Obosi, and was found inside a shop where he laid unconsciously, but later died in a hospital, Umar noted that he had been on police wanted list since 2012 in a case of armed robbery, cultism and drug peddling.

“However, his female accomplice in whose shop the suspect was attacked has been arrested and is assisting the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of other accomplices. In a related development, the command under the period in review also arrested over 40 suspected cult members at various llocations and recovered one fabricated double barrel pistol and six live cartridges,” Umar added, cautioning motorists to refrain from covering their plate numbers and the use of sirens.


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