Imo State Police Command has arrested a 32-year-old man, Chukwumakpa Henry suspected to be one of the unknown gunmen that attacked Orji Police Station on Tuesday, May 25.
The arrest was effected by operatives of the Quick Response Team of the Imo State Police Command on Wednesday, June 2.
The team, which worked with the Ikeduru Police Division also recovered substances suspected to be cocaine from the suspect.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Bala Elkana, who disclosed this in a statement, said Chukwumakpa, a native of Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, was arrested at his hideout following an intelligence-driven operation.
According to Elkana, the suspect has confessed to his involvement in the arson at Orji Police station and other violent crimes.
The police spokesman said the suspect has also admitted dealing in illicit and hard drugs as a means of livelihood.
“On 2nd June, 2021 at about 0900 hours, the Command’s Quick Response Team in a joint operation with Ikeduru Police Division, arrested one Chukwumakpa Henry ‘m’ 32 years old. The suspect is a native of Iho in Ikeduru Local Government Area but resident at Orji area, Owerri. He was arrested in his hideout at Ikeduru Local Government Area following an intelligence-driven operation.
“The suspect is alleged to have participated in the attack on Orji Police Station on 25th May, 2021 and other heinous crimes. He confessed to the commission of the offence and other violent crimes in recent past. He stated that he is a member of the criminal gang masquerading as unknown gun men.
“Some grammes of substance suspected to be cocaine were recovered from him. He confessed dealing in illicit and hard drugs as a means of subsistence. Investigation is ongoing. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other gang members and recover their firearms”.
Continuing, Elkanah said, “the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, has commended the efforts of the teams in living up to the constitutional responsibility of the Police in securing the lives and property of the citizens. This is also in line with the mission of the Commissioner of Police in ensuring that Imo State remains one of the safest states in Nigeria and Africa. The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”