The operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested two suspected members of an armed robbery syndicate said to be terrorizing the Mbaise area of the state.
The suspects are Darlington Ogubike, 36 and Ihuoma Emeriole, 25.
They were nabbed at their hideout at Umuevu Onitcha in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of the state during a raid.
The police also recovered two English-made automatic pump action guns with seven rounds of live cartridges and two locally-made pistols from the suspects.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Michael Abatam disclosed that the suspects are at present undergoing interrogation and have made useful statements that would aid the arrest of other members of their gang.
Abatam said; “On 14/7/2021 at about 1730 hours based on credible information, that a gang of armed robbers that have been terrorising Mbaise and its environs were sighted at Umuevu Onitsha Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA in Imo State.
“The command tactical teams mobilised and raided the criminal hideout where one Darlington Ogubike age 36 years and Ihuoma Emeriole age 25 years both of Umuevu Onitsha Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA were arrested.
“Recovered from them are two English made automatic Pump Action Guns, with seven rounds of live cartridges and two locally made Pistols .
“The suspects are presently, undergoing interrogation and have made useful statements that will aid the police to arrest other suspects.
“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, commended the officers and men for their proactiveness.
“He also commended the residents and citizens of the state for their commendable synergy with the police, especially in the provision of credible information that has enable smart policing and interception of criminal elements easier and warned that, all criminals should relocate from the state or face severe sanction.”