Police burst car snatching syndicate in Anambra, recover firearms


The Anambra State Police command has arrested members of car snatching syndicate terrorizing the people of the state and recovered various firearms and other incriminating objects.

It will be recalled that on the 8th January, 202 at about 2:pm, gunmen suspected to be armed robbers numbering about six with AK 47 rifles and other dangerous weapons waylaid and snatched at gunpoint a Toyota Venza with customized registration number KOCO valued at six Million Naira (N6, 000,000) from one Nwadike Collette Kosisochukwu at Ndogo Village, Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police, CP John Abang in a statement in Awka on Tuesday, following the distress call; Police operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) swung into action and trailed the suspects at their hideouts along Eze iweka by high tension Awada.

Abang noted that on sighting the Police, the hoodlums resisted arrest and engaged the police into a fierce gun battle after which two suspects were fatally wounded.

He added that suspects were rushed to the hospital for treatment but one of them whose identity is yet unknown was confirmed dead on arrival while the second suspect identified as Micheal Ogbonna, 45, of Achina town in Aguata LGA of Anambra State who also sustained gunshot injuries on his leg is receiving treatment.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects includes, One Barreta Pistol with four live ammunition, and one Anti car tracking device. Consequently, further investigation through actionable intelligence also led to the recovery of the Toyota Venza snatched from the victim”, he said.

He further disclosed that the command’s Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) had equally arrested with gunshot injuries one Obinna Nwabunike of Abigi village, Umuoji.

According to Abang, exhibits recovered from the suspect includes One Taurius Beretta pistol with breech number TM 856888 loaded with ten rounds of G2C .9mm live ammunition.

The CP also informed that the command’s SARS operatives had on 12th January, 2020 arrested in Asaba, Delta State, one Paul Chukwuezugo, aged 40 years even as he added that exhibits recovered from the suspect include; One Mercedes 350 without registration number and one Lexus Jeep allegedly snatched from the owner after he was killed in the process of snatching the vehicle.

“It would interest you to note that all the suspects are members of the same syndicate.

“One major factor responsible  for the overall successes recorded  by the command was the support of the good people of “Ndi Anambra” who have been extremely law abiding and very cooperative with the personnel of the security agencies. I urged the people of the State to sustain this level of cooperation with the Police at all times. We are indeed in an era where Community Policing remains the vogue and the people we are serving continue to demand for excellent service.

“Finally, I also encouraged the good people of Anambra State to be security conscious at all times; and report any strange observation or suspicious movements to the security agencies for prompt response”, the CP stated.

Photo: Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, CP John Abang.

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