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Armed robbers in police net for breaking into homes in Enugu

Armed robbers in police net for breaking into homes in Enugu

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Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

Two armed robbers, who specialised in breaking into homes to steal valuables, have been apprehended by the police in Enugu.

The two suspects – Ejike Nomeh and Sopulu Edeh – were nabbed for allegedly committing separate offences by operatives of the Emene Division of the Enugu State Police Command.

Nomeh, a native of Ebonyi State but resident in Enugu, was nabbed on September 27 after breaking into an apartment in the Emene area of Enugu in the early hours of the morning.

The suspect, who was armed with a gun, was said to have ransacked the apartment, after which he made away with the phones and other valuables of the occupants of the apartment.

However, Nomeh ended up in police net barely an hour after the operation as the alarm raised by the victims attracted the attention of police operatives who were on patrol in the area.

The police apprehended the suspect while he was still holding the items he stole from the apartment.

Spokesperson for the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development, said Nomeh was taken by the police patrol team to the compound where he executed the robbery operation, after which the stolen items were returned to their owners.

Amaraizu, who said Nomeh would be taken to court when the police conclude investigations into the matter, further disclosed that the suspect had confessed that he sometimes raped his female victims.

“The suspect, Ejike Nomeh, is now helping the police operatives in their investigations and he has revealed that he is an ex-convict, after he was jailed for committing similar offences in the past.

“According to him (Nomeh), he specialised in breaking into peoples’ houses to steal valuables at gunpoint, and sometimes, he raped his victims,” Amaraizu said.

Sopulu Edeh, the other suspect, is said to be a member of a gang of criminals who specialised in burglary and armed robbery.

Amaraizu, who also confirmed Edeh’s arrest, said he and his gang members, said to be four in number, were usually armed with machetes during their robbery operations.

The suspect ran out of luck on September 26 when he and his gang broke into the house of an unnamed woman at Rehab Road, in the Emene area of Enugu, and demanded money and other valuables.

It was learnt that the police got wind of the incident and swooped on the scene.

Edeh was apprehended but other members of the gang escaped.

Amaraizu said the police was on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.

Meanwhile, Edeh is pleading for mercy, claiming that the September 26 robbery operation, during which he was arrested, was his first outing with the gang.

But Amaraizu said the suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for a while, due to his previous criminal activities.

“Sopulu Edeh claimed that it was his first time of joining the gang for an operation but, from police records, he has been on the wanted list following his criminal activities within Emene and its environs,” Amaraizu said.

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