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…Teenagers robbing with toy guns arrested

Juliana Francis

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested 31-year-old David Ogah Bassey aka Onye Army, who used to pose as a passenger to rob unsuspecting tricycle riders in the state.

The arrest was made by detectives serving in Awkunanaw Police Division on May 7, 2024, around 1.30 p.m.

The team first arrested 31-year-old David Ogah Bassey aka Onye Army, while his cohorts escaped.

One locally fabricated Beretta-like pistol was recovered from him.

The Police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Daniel Ndukwe explained that the suspect’s arrest followed the receipt of a report from a tricyclist, who alleged that a gang of three armed robbers, on May 6, 2024, around 10 p.m., diverted and robbed him of his cash, phone, and other belongings while conveying them to Garriki, Awkunanaw, Enugu.

Upon leading the detectives to the scene of the incident, the suspect sighted them and attempted to escape before he was caught, and the firearm was recovered from him.

Ndukwe said: “The victim was able to identify the suspect as one of the same armed gang members that robbed him the previous night.

“Again, Operatives of the Command serving in Oji-River Police Division, working with members of the Neighbourhood Watch Group, on May 3, 2024, around 5.20 a.m., arrested 18 years Akabue Favour, and 19 years Obayi Chiemezie, both males and residents of Trans-Ekulu, Enugu.

“Two imitation revolver pistols, a snatched Honda car, a syringe containing a liquid substance suspected to be acid, and other exhibits were recovered from them.

“The suspects are alleged to have used the toy guns to snatch the recovered car from a male suspect, robbing him of his cash, handset, and other belongings, at Amaetiti-Akwu in the Achi community of Oji-River Local Government Area, on the same date around 5:05 a.m. But they could not escape, as the operatives gave them a hot chase and apprehended them after the car skidded off the road into the bush.”

Ndukwe noted that all the suspects shall be arraigned and prosecuted once discreet investigations into the cases are concluded.

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