Barely three weeks after the launch of operation Kpochakpu II by the Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, the state Police Command in conjunction with other security agencies have arrested 71 suspected criminals at various locations in the state in order to deny them the opportunity to perpetrate crimes especially during this year ember period.
According to the command spokesperson, SP Mohammed Haruna in a statement issued to newsmen in Awka, on Sunday said, that out of the seventý-one suspects arrested, 41 are suspected cultists, 5 are suspected fraudsters including two with military camouflage uniforms and one youth corps member serving in Delta state.
He said the syndicate were arrested by the Command Special Anti-cult unit in conjunction with UNIZIK Campus Anti-cult following intelligence report.
“Suspects allegedly abducted one Oledimma Macdowal and defrauded him of #1.2 Million Naira.
“Consequently, among the remaining twenty-five suspects, three are child-stealing syndicate while twenty-two others were arrested at various blackspots and criminal hideouts in the state.”
He said the operation is still ongoing until all the criminals in the state relocate or refrain from criminal activities.
He added that all cases are under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.
However, the Commissioner of Police CP John Bassey Abang, appreciated the continuous supports by the people of the state towards providing useful information to the Police.
The CP further assured the public that the Command will not relent in its efforts towards providing safety and security across the 179 communities in the state.