A three-man gang is currently in police net for allegedly snatching a tricycle from its owner at gunpoint along Amakama road, a suburb of Umuahia in Abia State.
It was learnt that policemen acting on a tip-off arrested the suspects identified as Chidi Ukazu (aka Onyemuo), Kenneth Ekpendu (aka Obere) and Ikechukwu Ogbonnaya (aka Ghana Bons) in Obingwa Local Government Area in the state.
It was gathered that the suspects had chartered the tricycle at FMC junction in Umuahia but later overpowered the owner on the way and took away the tricycle from him.
A police source told Southern City News that the suspects had already erased the original registration and security numbers of the tricycle and replaced with a new one through an agent, before they were picked up by the police.
The suspects all confessed to the crime with Ukazu admitting that he and Ogbonnaya were helping their friend, Ekpendu, to replace his tricycle that was allegedly stolen from him earlier.
He said, “Our friend told us that his tricycle that he bought on hire purchase was collected from him by armed robbers. So, he pleaded with us to help him to steal another tricycle and replace it.
“He promised to settle us with some money if we succeed in the operation and the registration of the tricycle; that was why we joined him to snatch the keke from its owner.”
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyabade, confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
He pointed out the state Police Command under his watch was working towards making Abia a crime-free state, even as he warned those involved in crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery to leave the state.
He stressed that Abia would not be comfortable for them to operate. Oyebade said, “We are ready to practise the community policing that we have been preaching. As a result, we will partner members of the public in policing the state.