Three suspected armed robbers identified as Kingsley Emezue alias Pakins, his gang members Enyinna Asiegbu (25) and Promise Sunday Obilor a.k.a Esere (26), has been apprehended by the Abia State Police Command for reportedly killing a couple in the presence of their three children.
Ene Okon, the Abia State Police Commissioner, confirmed the arrest to newsmen and revealed that the suspects were connected to notorious robber Sampson Iheukwumere Nwokocha a.k.a Grave,who was killed by the police in December 2019.
He stated that the robbers who initially relocated after their gang leader Grave was killed, returned to Umuahia in January 2020 after they thought the manhunt for them by the police has been called off.
“The gang seemed to have gone on holidays to enjoy their loots and resurfaced around January 10, 2020, in what seems like recouping of expenses made during the Yuletides. The six-man gang on January 25, 2020, operating in a tricycle, snatched a Toyota Sienna van with registration number RBC477RL, along Health Center Road in World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia.
“The gang, while operating in a Sienna van, shot and killed a couple, Mr and Mrs Darlington Chinyere Uzoma, along Secretariat Road, Ogwurube Layout, Umuahia. This was after robbing them of proceeds of the day’s sales.
“They robbed and shot Basil Okechukwu of Obowo, Imo State, on January 16, around Post Office Umuahia Road. Okechukwu was killed while on transit with the money he withdrew from bank.
“Officers from the Central Police Station, Umuahia and operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on ‘Operation Puff Adder’ went after the hoodlums and intercepted a tricycle conveying two of the hoodlums named Precious Chukwuebuka Okoro and Ogbonna Ifeanyichukwu Justice. Interrogation of the duo resulted in the subsequent arrest of the other members of the gang namely; Enyinna Asiegbu (25), Promise Sunday Obilor (26) aka Esere and Emezue Kingsley (20) aka Pakins.”
Emezue who introduced himself as a butcher when questioned by newsmen, revealed that he was lured into armed robbery by bad friends.
“We did the robbery operation actually on Saturday night, but I did not shoot the couple. It was our driver that shot them.”