The Abia State Police Command has nabbed four men in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, uniforms operating with toy gun.
The Command said that the arrests were made on Tuesday based on credible intelligence received by the Central Police Station, Umuahia, that a four-man gang in EFCC uniforms came to Enyioma Christ Lodge, Umudike, and dispossessed some students of their phones at gunpoint and forced them to transfer a total of N120,000 to their bank account.
In a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Maureen Chinaka, upon receipt of the information, officers from Central Police Station (CPS) Umuahia commenced an investigation and visited the crime scene, where they arrested three men from the Man O’ War base namely, Onyedikachi Ihechukwumere ‘M’, 25 years; Onwuka Christopher ‘M’, 26 years; and Tochukwu Obinna ‘M’, 30 years.
The press release said the following items were recovered during from the suspects which includes three out of the six stolen phones, a tricycle with REG No. HAF 011VG FLEET NO 5868, which was used to facilitate their criminal act.
Giving details of the arrest, the Police press release said, “On 24/01/2024, James Prince Victor ‘M’ (39 years) of Ohuhu Umuahia North, who claimed to be an EFCC personnel and led the Man O War suspects to the student lodge, was arrested together with Chidozie Onwuzuruike ‘M’ (40 years) of same address. The following items were recovered from them: four red-coloured jackets with EFCC inscription, two EFCC ID cards, one of the stolen phones, one toy gun, four EFCC search warrants”.
The Command advised Abia residents to be security-sensitive and report to the police immediately in cases of suspicious activity, whether the individual is in uniform or not, saying that such collaborative responsibility would help the police to do their work better.