AS THE Operation Kpochapu II crackdown on criminal elements goes full swing, the joint state-wide patrol of Anambra Police Command and other security agencies have arrested 115 suspected criminals.
The suspects were picked up from raids at various locations, particularly Upper Iweka road and Aba-Owerri road areas of Onitsha metropolis.
Out of the 115 suspects arrested, 90 were connected with cases of pick pocketing, hand bag snatching, Indian hemp smoking and sundry crimes while 25 suspects were arrested in connection with illegal revenue collections.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Anambra State Command, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this while parading the suspects at Police Area Command, Onitsha.
According to him, the operation was coordinated by the Area Commander, Onitsha, who promised that security of lives and property will continue to be top priority in the present administration in the state.
“All the cases are under investigation as those found wanting will be charged to court while the innocent ones will be released unconditionally,” he said.
He pointed out that logistics provided by the state government boosted and supported the operation.
Haruna also disclosed that Police have reunited two children rescued from a child stealing syndicate with their families, adding that they were handed over to their families under the cover of Gombe State Police Command for further investigations and prosecution.
The two children, Mustapha Abdulazeez, two years, and Wahlid Yusuf, three years, were reportedly playing outside their family house in Gombe State on Sunday 20th October, 2019, when they were reported missing.
Investigations revealed that each of the children were sold for N750, 000 only.
The three suspects who were paraded last weekend : Blessing Joe from Bauchi State, Ngozi Tisiobi from Achina, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra and Faith Okpa, from Ugep, Cross River State, had initially denied their involvements but changed their stories after the children identified their parents.
While handing over the children to their families, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed reassured of the commands preparedness to nip crime in the state in the bud.