The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested three suspects for alleged armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.
The command also recovered three firearms, one live cartridge, two vehicles, two daggers, one mobile phone and other incriminating items.
The Police Public Relations Officer of tin Enugu State, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that cooperation between the police and operatives of the Neighbourhood Watch led to the arrests of the suspects.
“Acting on intelligence, police operatives at the Abakaliki Road Division arrested one Chidiebere Okoye, 22, and Ede Ifeanyi, 25, both of Onuasata area of Enugu on May 17.
“Their arrest led to recovery of one locally-made pistol, one dagger and an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car with registration number: GGE 547 GT.
“The duo and other gang members, still at large, allegedly snatched the vehicle from their victim at gunpoint on May 10. The suspects confessed to the crime.
“Similarly, on May 13, operatives at the Nsukka Urban Division with the assistance of the Neighbourhood Watch intercepted a red-coloured Toyota Avensus car with registration number: FST 968 AA.
“The car is suspected to have been stolen on Urban Girls High School Road, Nsukka.
“The suspected criminals in the car, on sighting the police operatives, abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
“Upon thorough search of the vehicle, two cut-to-size single-barrel guns, one live cartridge, one Techno phone and other incriminating items were further recovered,’’ he said.
The police spokesman said that in a related development, operatives at the Awkunanaw Police Division also arrested a teenager, Miracle Ogba, 18, on May 13.
He said that the arrest followed an earlier report made at the police division that armed robbers invaded a shop at Garki, Awkunanaw Enugu, stabbed one of their victims, and robbed them of cash, phones and personal effects.
“The suspect confessed to the crime, while a dagger allegedly used to stab the said victim has been recovered,’’ he said.
Ndukwe said that investigations were underway in all the cases, adding that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted after the conclusion of investigations.