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Aba Police arrest armed robbery suspect, recover stolen cars, arms



A member of the dare-devil gang that on Easter Monday terrorised the city of Aba, Abia State has been arrested by a combined team of the police and the military.

The Nation gathered on Tuesday that the police has also arrested a man described as being notorious for receiving stolen items.

The gang was later engaged by a combined team of the police and the military had terrorised Aba for over one hour on Monday evening, culminating in the abduction of an unidentified man.

In a telephone chat, the Abia command police public relations officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna said the arrested gang member who had gunshot wounds was apprehended within the Good Morning Market area when the hoodlums engaged the combined team of security personnel in a gun battle as they tried to escape.

Ogbonna further informed that other members of the gang escaped into the nearby bush with gunshot wounds, adding that the hoodlums’ victim was rescued.

He said that items recovered from the men of the underworld include Toyota Siena Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Lexus SUV, AK 47 raffle and 10 rounds of live ammunition.

Meanwhile, Abia police command said it has arrested a “notorious criminal receiver” of goods in Aba it gave his name as Ifeanyi Urakpa.

According to a release by the command’s spokesperson, Ogbonna, the arrest followed a tip-off and that when detectives from Ndiegoro Division visited the suspect’s home, they recovered one Toyota Lexus RX 330 SUV with registration number Abuja BWR 566 HH and a Toyota Corolla car with registration number Enugu BLF 425 AA which it said were suspected to have been snatched from their owners.

The release stated that investigation into the matter was ongoing.












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