See the Faces of ‘Policemen’ Engaging in Armed Robbery in Anambra (Photo)

Some former policemen who later took to active armed robbery as a means of livelihood in Anambra state have been nabbed by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad. The armed robbery cam­paign of some turncoat policemen ended when they were arrested during a joint operation of the Anambra State Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command according to Sun News. The two policemen, 38-year-old Corporal I.L.O. Peter, serving at Oguta Division of the Imo State Police Command and Constable Nicholas Ogbianu, 37, who was dismissed from the Delta State Police Command, were arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State, for robbery and for impersonation respectively. Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma told Sunday Sun that the Commander of Anambra SARS, Supol James Nwafor and his men had been keep­ing close tabs on the two alleged police culprits, following reports by individuals that they had been robbed or their vehicles snatched on the highway by policemen who were wrongly assumed by innocent members of the public, to be on official duty at checkpoints. Deeply disturbed by the increasing number of such reports, a special dragnet was laid out by the command to apprehend the rotten eggs, whose evil activities had given the police an odorous smell before the public. It was not long before the perpetrators fell into the net of the police. As Sunday Sun learnt from Karma, the alleged bad egg Corporal Peter and accomplices, Ekene Uche Ohanusi and Benjamin Obinwanne, were caught during one of their operations. Recount­ing some of the past escapades of the gang, Karma said:   “The gang has been involved in several cases of armed robbery operations and snatching of cars along Onit­sha-Owerri Expressway and robbed several commercial vehicles both during the day and at night. Also, we also got intelligence informa­tion that some policemen had been robbing people along the highway. So we set up a monitoring team that worked with the Commander of SARS and his men. That was how we arrested the suspect, Corporal Peter and his gang members during their operation.” He explained that Ogbianu was dismissed from the Delta State Police Command, following his transfer to Adamawa State Police Command in 2013. Karma said that Ogbianu launched into a new ‘career’ of impersonating genu­ine police officers and engaging in illegal duties at Onitsha and collecting money from motorists and commercial motorcyclists. It was in the course of this that officers of the CP’s Monitoring Unit arrested him at No. 1 Anglican Lane, Nkpor-Agu, Upper Iweka, Onitsha, while fully dressed in police uniform.

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