The Police/Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police, disclosed this in a press release in Awka, yesterday, and stated the suspects have been nabbed between Could Four and final Saturday.
Mohammed stated 32 of the suspects have been launched after screening, whereas 28 have been charged to courtroom and 10 positioned underneath police supervision for being under-age.
The spokesman added that 25 suspects have been underneath investigation, and that the suspected cultists have been arrested at Okija, Ekwulobia, Nteje, Awkuzu, Nkpor-Uno, Ifite-Awka, Oko, Nanka, Enugwu-Ukwu, Nimo and Nise communities.
“On Could 10, at about 4.30 p.m., police detectives connected to Isiuwulu Division arrested a three-man theft syndicate – Friday Okpe, 24; Peter Ochai, 21 and Chukwuebuka Okafor, 23.
“The suspects had on April 19 conspired and snatched a bag belonging to 1 Mercy Anekwe, containing N15, 000 and a Canon Xpro valued at N75, 000.
“Additionally within the bag was a TECNO 66I phone valued at N7, 800 and an influence financial institution valued at N3, 500,” he added.
Mohammed stated the theft sufferer was inside a business tricycle alongside Limca Street, Nkpor, close to Onitsha, when she was robbed.
He stated Mercy’s SIM card was later recovered from the suspects, including that efforts have been on to get well different stolen gadgets and prosecute the suspects.
He additional stated 4 individuals have been arrested for alleged conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion and acquiring underneath false pretence, the sum of N1.Four million from their sufferer.
“On Could 6, Rita Madubuonu, 30, reported at Inland City Division, Onitsha, that someday in 2012, her brother, Chinedu Madubuonu, acquired lacking and all efforts made to find him proved abortive.
“Nevertheless, she was later contacted through cellphone name in 2013 by one Caroline, surname unknown, that her brother was at Owerri Jail and that his launch can be secured provided that she made fee into two financial institution accounts.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the complainant was deceived by the syndicate and used as a conduit to extort cash from her underneath false pretence of securing the discharge of her lacking brother, whose whereabouts continues to be unknown,” he stated.
Mohammed listed the names of the 4 suspects in reference to the alleged crime as Obierika Tochukwu, 40; Godstime Okhae, 26; Chinedu Madufor, 20 and Celestine Chukwuemeka, 35.
He stated the suspects defrauded their sufferer of N1.Four million, which she deposited into their checking account in varied instalments between 2013 and 2016.
“The case has been transferred to State Legal Investigation Division (CID) for discreet investigation,” he added.