ANAMBRA, Nigeria – The State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old man, Chiemezie Kenneth Aligu from Ebonyi State, after he tried to rob a victim of a motorcycle in Nnewi.

Aligu was described by the state police command as a notorious armed robber, who has been terrorizing Nnewi area.

Also, the command recovered a Toyota Highlander SUV in Aguata, which was abandoned by persons suspected to be robbers, after they allegedly bought fuel in a petrol station and threatened the attendant with a gun, instead of paying.

They, however, abandoned the vehicle and escaped after police personnel responded to a distress call over the matter.

SP Haruna Mohammed, spokesperson of Anambra State Police Command said, “On the 7/12/2020 at about 9:am, there was a distress call that suspected armed robbers allegedly snatched a Honda CUB50 at Okpuno Otolo in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.

“Following the distress call, Police operatives attached to Nnewi Area Command and Otolo Division in conjunction with Egbumuenem vigilante group Otolo quickly mobilised to the scene and arrested one Chiemezie Kenneth Aligu ‘m’ aged 24 years of Ebonyi State, but resident at Abubor Nnewichi in Nnewi North LGA.

“One English made barreta pistol with breech number 941396, one motorcycle and two assorted phones were recovered from the suspect and registered as exhibits.

“Suspect was beaten to stupor by angry mob before he was rescued by the police and taken to the hospital for treatment. The case is under investigation after which the suspect would be brought to book.”

Again, Mohammed revealed that, “In a related development, on 7/12/2020, Police Patrol Team attached to Aguata Division received a distress call that two men went to a filling Station to refuel with an ash colored Highlander Jeep but shortly after refueling, the occupants of the jeep refused to pay the fuel attendant his money, instead, they threatened to shoot him with a gun.

‘On sighting the Police patrol team which responded promptly, the suspects fired a gun and escaped, but were forced to abandon the jeep which was reasonably suspected to have been snatched at gun point after a hot pursuit.

“The vehicle was recovered and upon search, a plate number with REG NO.KTU-314-EV was found inside the vehicle. Investigation is ongoing and effort is being intensified to apprehend the fleeing suspects in order to bring them to justice.”