Efforts to rid Abia State of criminal elements has paid-off as the Police paraded a 20-Year old who beheaded a woman and a 65-Year Old man who Allegedly defiled a 2-Year old baby in Umuahia, Abia capital
By Stan Nwachukwu/ Umuahia
THE popular aphorism which says that many days are for the thieves, but, one day for the owner played out in Abia state, South-Eastern Nigeria, when the robust energy of the state police command with the assistance of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on 28th September, 2016, arrested one Emeka Asibirionwu, 65, who allegedly defiled a 2- year old baby reportedly kept in his care by his co-tenant at Oriendu, a sleepy community in Umuahia North local government area.
In a press briefings in Umuahia, Abia capital last week, Leye Oyebade, commissioner of police, Abia state said Asibirionwu who at his prime age was yet to marry was nabbed when the mother of the victim baby including a co-tenant raised an alarm on sighting the daughter crying helplessly, while blood and fluid were gushing out of the victim’s private part. The commissioner said that the baby is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Umuahia, while investigations are on. Oyebade said, the suspect confessed to the crime and will be charged to court. However, when acosted, the suspect denied having carnal knowledge of the baby insisting that he was in his house in the night when the mother of the baby and co-tenant raised alarm to say he defiled the victim. Asibirionwu, who claimed he was not married swore that he did not see any trace of blood or fluid in the victim’s private part.
This is not the first time the police chief will parade rapists before Journalists in the state. penultimate week, the commissioner of police paraded a commercial motorcyclist who alongsid other gangs, now at large, trailed a bus from Okigwe, Imo state to Ofeme in Umuahia along Enugu-Port-Harcourt express way. The bus , according to the CP was conveying business men and women on board from Jos, plateau state capital to Aba when the criminals struck. After surrendering all the occupants of the vehicle that ill-fated day, the hoodlums forced them into the bush where they took turns in raping the women on board of the vehicle. One horrifying aspect of it was the killing of the 75-year old grandmother after raping her.
Oyebade also presented the sordid story of the bizaare murder of a woman whose headless body was dumped at Aba Motor park by a notorious criminal, Emmanuel Effiong from Akwa-Ibom state. On how Effiong was nabbed, the commissioner of police told newsmen that operatives attached to the Central Police station, Aba, acting on information gathered that unknown GSM number was calling and threatening to eliminate one Ikechukwu Udogu residing at number 68 Asa road, Aba, if he fails to pay the sum of fifteen million naira cash to Emmanuel Effiong. He said, police swung into action and arrested the said Effiong. Police sources said he was later caught with the GSM number used for the threat and demand of the money from Udogu.
Indeed, Effiong’s arrest paid-off. He confessed to the crime and made startling revelations that he was the perpetrator of the September 29, 2016 murder of an unknown woman whose headless body was found at Aba Motor park. The commissioner of police revealed that three knives including phones were recovered from the suspect, while investigation is in progress to unravel the mystery surrounding the dastard act.
But, Effiong who hallucinated said that he offered money to a mad woman who in turn told him that he is spiritually possessed reasons why he is poor. The mad woman then requested him to forward a human head to cleanse him so that he could prosper. According to the embattled Effiong, when he finally saw a dead body lying, he decided to chop- off the head so that it could be used to free his troubles.
Garlands for Oyebade. The police Chief gave a cheerful news that out of the three fleeing gangs of car-snatching syndicate whose members were nabbed penultimate week along Agric Research institute, Ikot-Ekpene road, Umuahia and later paraded, two have been arrested.
He gave the names of the arrested to include: Uchechukwu Kingsley, a.k.a, Urch, 27 years and a graduating student, Michael Okpara University, Umudike. Kingsley who escaped the scene during police hot-chase, was said to be the driver of the snatched Mercedez Benz car, but, was arrested on October 13, 2016. On the other hand, his accomplice in crime, Benjamin Anya Mba , aged 29 from Nkporo, Abia state was nabbed on 17 October, 2016. Also arrested were: Ukanwoke Christian, Amadi Humphrey, Tasie Eke Kelechi. The three were alleged to have aided and abetted the principal suspect of the Car snatching syndicate to escape. Meanwhile, revelation showed that Tasie Eke Kelechi, is being fingered in the murder of SGT.Nkanu Ogor who was dastardly killed August this year in the zone. Oyebade said the suspects confessed to have taken part in the car snatching boom in Abia.
Reeling out more achievements, the commissioner of police told reporters that on 18 October, 2016, police operatives arrested one Igwe Uloma, a woman at Uratta Aba who resides at number 1 watch tower street by old express, Aba. Uloma is said to be involved in the registration of stolen vehicles. The magazine was later informed, Uloma’s arrest led to the arrest of one Obinna Nwokeji at his Deeper life road, Umugo, Uratta, Aba. Nwokeji was caught in possession of Lexus, with registration number, RX 330, a jeep with registration number, JJJ 618 DL, all allegedly stolen from owner, one Felix Anyanwu of Umuode road, Aba on 8 October, 2016. However, Nwokeji claimed that he bought the vehicle from one Ladislas Nzenwa Ukpabi residing at No 1, Kalu street, Ariara, Aba at the cost of Six hundred thousand naira.
Meanwhile, police sources revealed, the suspect later took the police to one Moses Nwosie, an automobile/Panel beater/Spray and painter at Orji-Owerri, Imo state who was said to had repainted the stolen Lexus jeep to black colour with a new registration number AKL 103GR. The painter was promptly arrested. His arrest and confessional statement led to the arrest of one Onyedikachi Okereke, a gang member. Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: One locally made single barrel short gun, Six live Cartridges, One Honda CRV with registration number, SSSM 143 KK, said to had been stolen from where it was parked at Umuode road, Aba. Other exhibits recovered include One Lexus RX registration number JJJ 618 DL, Plate number AK 103 GR, Master key and one standing fan.
In the same token, Oyebade also announced the recovery of stolen vehicles. According to the police commissioner, operatives from the Abayi Division , Aba acting on intelligence reovered the following: Volkswagen Golf with registration number ER 657, FST, at Nwogu street by Binez Hotels, Aba and one Mercedez Benz car with registration number, BM 769, FST at Umuimo road, Aba. Meanwhile, the police boss has directed that the vehicles be released to owners upon proof of ownership. Cultists were also paraded. Oyebade said, acting on information that some students cult group were gathering at SAGE LODGE adjacent Michael Okpara Varsity of Agriculture, Umudike, chanting cult songs, police operatives swung into action and arrested Amblessed Iheanacho, aka, ARAB, a Mechanical Engineering student of the University, Nwokeogi Uzo, aka, BOSSU, Christiantus Iro, aka, SANTUS, Abolade Olatunji, aka, TJ and Jerry Emeka. All are said to be students of the institution and belong to the dreaded Vikings confraternity on campus. The cultists, the police chief said confessed to have been involved in armed robbery, rape and stealing within the campus.
Finally, is the arrest and parade of adulterator of fake Custard food.
Briefing Journalists, commissioner of police said, the Abia police command working in collaboration with the Task Force on Adultrated foods at Aba, arrested one Monday Agbo residing at number 9 Item road, Aba. Agbo, the magazine gathered is involved in the illegal business of production of fake custard powder. He was picked by the police while he was about to convey the finished fake custard powder to Akwa-Ibom state. Oyebade noted that the suspect has been in the illegal trade racket for over four years before he met his waterloo, and have been procuring cassava starch from markets, mixing it with flavor that will make it look like the original custard powder, thereby endangering consumers. He was promptly arrested and later took the police to his factory, “Jully Daily Food company” located at Eziukwu market Aba where the following were found: 2,880 satchets of Jully food custard powder in 20 packs by 12 pieces each, one pack of 80 grams of GOLD custard powder, three small buckets of egg banana flavour, sixty four pieces of water proof branded Jully Daily custard powder and three sealing machines. The suspect, police boss said confessed to the crime and manhunt on his accomplice is on-going.
However, on interrogation by newsmen, Agbo who said he hail from Nkanu area, Enugu state, said that he did not register the fake product with NAFDAC , besides, he had been in the illicit business for years as confirmed by Leye Oyebade, Commissioner of police, Abia state command.