The police in Imo State have announced that it arrested six “bandits” at Obudi Agwa road in Oguta Local Government.
In a statement on Friday by Michael Abattam, the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo State, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA, authorities said one of the arrested suspects was dressed in police operational vest believed to be owned by one of the slain officers in the recent Agwa attack.
The police also said it recovered one English-made automatic pump action gun, two locally made pistols, twenty live cartridges and fourteen sharpened machetes.
“Following a distress call on 10/8/2022 at about 1040 hours, that some of the bandits that escaped arrest during the Izombe and Agwa raid conducted by the Command’s Tactical Teams, were sighted to have regrouped, blocking the road along Obudi Agwa, stopping vehicles, searching the occupants and checking their phones to identify policemen in the vehicle for possible abduction,” the police statement reads.
“The Command’s tactical teams immediately mobilized, joined by police operatives from Agwa Police Station, stormed the identified location at Obudi Agwa road, cordoned the area and arrested six bandits namely Mmadukaji Moses ‘m’ aged 30 years of Mgbala Agwa, wearing police operational vest suspected owned by one of the slain police officers in the Agwa Police Station attack, Chigozie Amanyere ‘m’ aged 21 years of Umukpo Agwa; Ifeanyi Uche ‘m’ aged 21 years of Obudi Agwa; Uzoma Uche ‘m’ aged 24 years of Obudi Agwa; Sopuruchi Anumodu ‘m’ aged 24yrs and Chukwuma ‘m’ aged 30yrs.
“The operatives swiftly and tactically disarmed the bandits and recovered their weapons, which includes one English made automatic pump action gun, two locally made Pistols, twenty live cartridges and fourteen sharpened machetes, to the station.
“However, in the course of interrogating the suspects, it was discovered that they are all natives of Agwa while the suspect, who was putting on police operational vest, is undergoing further interrogation to confirm the source of the police vest and as soon as investigation is concluded they will be charged to court.”