Enugu State Police Command has apprehended a discharged soldier and 9 other criminal elements terrorizing the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdurahman Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested for murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, cultism and other offences within the month of July.
The soldier, Ifesinachi Nwankwo (24), joined the Nigerian Army in 2017 and served in Damboa, Maiduguri.
He revealed that he went on AWOL after his base came under constant Boko Haram attacks in 2018.
The soldier turned armed robber was arrested alongside one of his gang members, Raphael Nworie (27).
The duo and others at large were responsible for the murder of Ominyi Chukwu, an Assistant Supretendant of Police after they attacked Ozalla Division of the command at Agro-Allied Product Filling station along Obe/Agbani Road, Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State.
After the attack, they carted away two Assault rifles and injured an inspector of police, Princewill Ebiriem.
They also attacked and killed the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community, Mr Onyebuchi Aninwagu, on 19th July, 2020 and were alleged to have also made away with his Pump Action gun.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Daniel Ndukwed, who represented the commissioner during the briefing, said the arrests were due to intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies including neighborhood watch groups and other stakeholders.
He said: ‘It is expedient to say that these achievements were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, local security outfits like the neighborhood watch groups in the state, stakeholders and the general public as well as unalloyed loyalty, dedication and diligence of officers and men of the command.
He said that items recovered from the suspects include: 6 firearms including an AK 47 rifle, 15 ammunition, 36 live cartridges, 1 TV set, 1 mobile phone and 1 cutlass.