Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, says he has formally assumed duty as the commissioner of police in Anambra state after the general elections.
The new police boss stated this on Monday at the command headquarters Amawbia Awka-South local government area while parading suspected hoodlums for various offences.
He said in spite of announcing his formal resumption of duty, it was also pertinent to keep members of the public abreast of cases of interest regarding the exploits of the police in Anambra state.
The police commissioner therefore mentioned the arrest of a wanted murder suspect one Ikechukwu Udensi a.k.a Ikanda in connection with the murder of Mr. Ndubuisi Nwokolo.
He recalled that in the recent past, one Ndubuisi Nwokolo aged 38 was allegedly murdered in cold blood by one Ikanda and his accomplices using offensive weapons such as machetes and cutlasses on the victim.
Dandaura however informed that police operatives attached to the command operation Udoka and Special Anti- Robbery Squad raided a criminal hideout at Menax in Onitsha and arrested the notorious suspect Ikechukwu Udensi aka Ikanda who according to him was earlier declared wanted in connection with the alleged murder. He added that the suspect was currently assisting the police with useful information that could help in the arrest of his accomplices in order to bring them to book.
Another issue of public concern was the arrest of suspects who allegedly attacked Ajali police station in Orumba-North council area, setting it ablaze and carting away police rifles.
The police helmsman recalled that hoodlums suspected to be IPOB members attacked Ajali Division, burnt down the station including three police patrol vehicles and other exhibits.
He said the suspects equally carted away three AK47 rifles from the Division armoury as well as injured the DCO who was on visiting round. As a result, the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad embarked on aggressive manhunt of the perpetrators and arrested five of the culprits noting that upon interrogation the suspect took operatives to their hideout and one AK47 rifle was recovered while investigations were still on-going after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.
Other issues of public interest include the arrest of armed-robbery suspect and recovery of firearms. To this end, the police commissioner informed that police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha one Chiamobi Amauwa, male aged 25 of Ihechiowa , Abia state.
According to the police boss, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect belonged to a one-chance robbery syndicate terrorising Onitsha and its environs using a commercial bus.
He said exhibits recovered from the suspect included one locally made pistol and operational vehicle L300 with Reg. No. DRK 85XA, adding that the said case was still under investigations and that efforts were equally being intensified to apprehend his accomplices after which they would also be charged to court. He assured the citizenry that all hands were on deck to ensure the safety and security of all and sundry in the state.