The Anambra State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a 72-year-old blacksmith, Benjamin Obi, from Uli in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state and his three sons for allegedly aiding criminals in the area.
The blacksmith and his children were accused of repairing and servicing different types of guns for criminals in the area.
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, who paraded them with other suspects, warned that the police would go after such accomplices.
Umar said 84 assorted single/double barrel guns, 10 live cartridges and other working tools used in servicing guns were recovered from them.
Umar said, “In a related development, the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad equally arrested members of a six-man robbery syndicate as follows: Uzochukwu Chukeuewuzue (20), Chukwujekwu Ogbuchi (20) Nnalue Eke (25) and Kosiso Ozor (18).
“Suspects conspired on the 11/7/2018 at about 1200 hours and robbed one Blessing Nwannli ‘female’ along Umumli Ihitte, Azia in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State.”
Umar said within the month of July, the command arrested cult and robbery suspects following intelligence report.
He gave the name of one of the suspects in this category as Ojiakor Chike, from Umuezeawara in the Ihiala LGA of the state.
Umar described Chike as a notorious cultist and a robbery gang member operating along Uli-Ihiala axis.
“Discreet investigation led to the arrest of his accomplices namely, Izuchukwu Ikueze, Nwabueze Ikwueze, Chukwudi Obi, Tochukwu Obi and Cheta Obi, all males and members of Aiye and Vickings confraternities.
“In our continued efforts to further stem the tide of crimes and criminality to its barest minimum, the command during the period under review took proactive steps which included but not limited to visibility policing, criminal mapping, intelligence-led policing, constant raids of black spots and criminal hideouts in accordance with the recent directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,” he said.