Police Arrest 16 Suspects Over Killings Of Security Operatives, Recover Arms, Ammunition And Explosives
- Police Arrest 16 Suspects Over Killings Of Security Operatives, Recover Arms, Ammunition And Explosives
- All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.
- parents and guardians, as well as traditional and opinion leaders, to step in and convince their children and wards to abandon destructive criminal paths
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Force Spokesperson, Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, the IGP reiterated that the Force would not tolerate any further attacks on its personnel or citizens by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.
The IGP's alert comes after the arrest of 16 suspects in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states of the Federation, especially in Nigeria's south-eastern region, according to the statement.
Law Enforcement Officials have gathered ample information on the perpetrators, according to the IGP, and are closing in on dozens of suspects who have already been implicated in the attacks, either directly or indirectly, for funding, helping, and abetting the criminals.
This came as he encouraged parents and guardians, as well as traditional and opinion leaders, to step in and convince their children and wards to abandon destructive criminal paths.
Meanwhile, Nigerian police officers are said to have detained 16 people for their suspected participation in a series of brutal and unprovoked attacks on security personnel and facilities.
According to the statement, the arrest is the result of painstaking, deliberate, and never-ending efforts by Nigeria Police operatives working in collaboration with their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce to bring to justice those responsible for the emerging trend of attacks on security personnel and willful destruction of security facilities and operations.
“Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, 28-year-old native of Arochukwu LGA in Abia State; Raphael Idang, 31-year-old native of Odukpani LGA of Cross River state; Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka ‘Alewa’, 60-years-old native of Orlu in Imo State; Michael Uba, 33yrs from Imo State; and 12 others in the course of investigation, were implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern part of the Federation.
“The suspects were arrested in various parts of the country following sustained, and intelligence-driven sting operations. Police investigations clearly established and linked the suspects to several incidents of attacks and murder of security personnel as well as stealing, unlawful possession of firearms, arson and malicious damage to operational assets of military and law enforcement agents.
“Specifically, investigations revealed that the duo of Ugochukwu Samuel aka Biggy and Raphael Idang were among the criminal elements that attacked policemen on duty at a checkpoint on 24th December, 2020 along Orlu-Ihiala Road in Imo state where two police officers were killed and a Police Hilux Patrol Van set ablaze.
“In addition, both were part of a larger group that attacked a police reconnaissance team on 13th January, 2021 killing one police officer. Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, who sustained a bullet wound during an attack by his gang on a military convoy in which some soldiers were killed and weapons carted away, was subsequently arrested while receiving treatment in a hospital. Both suspects confessed to being active members of IPOB and ESN.
“Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa, a pastor with the Holy Blessed Trinity Sabbath Church, Orlu, Imo State and Michael Uba, a prophet with the Association of Jewish Faith, who were also arrested, are two of the masterminds of the various attacks on security personnel, in addition to providing spiritual cover for the gang. Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa’s house was used by the gang members to plan their nefarious operations.
“He also donated his late brother’s farmland for use as a hideout and training camp for the gang. A total of nine AK47 rifles, five other sophisticated firearms, 17 AK47 Magazines, 549 AK47 live ammunition, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), camouflage bullet proof vests, walkie talkies and other incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.”
All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.