A Deputy Superintendent of Prisons with the Nigerian Prisons Service, Abuja, Collins Ugwu, has been arrested by the police in Enugu for armed robbery.
Mr. Ugwu was arrested with suspected accomplices, Ifeanyi Ozor, a native of Enugu State who is also resident in Abuja; and Smart Osetu from Oguta in Imo State.
The senior prisons officer from Ebonyi State was arrested in Enugu on June 26 for alleged involvement in armed robbery.
Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Danmallam, disclosed, while parading the suspects.
Mr. Danmallam said that apart from armed robbery, Ugwu and his gang were also involved in conspiracy, malicious damage, stealing and ‘obtaining by tricks.’
The gang, he said stayed around the premises of commercial banks to monitor potential victims who had come to withdraw money.
The CP said, “The suspects (Ugwu, Ozor and Osetu) belong to a syndicate that specialises in monitoring anyone that has gone to bank to make withdrawals and trail them to a point where they can smartly force the door or the windscreen (of the victims’ car) open with their instrument and steal the said amount.
“They are also part of a syndicate that buys goods from traders and generate fake payment alert to the owner of the goods without him knowing.
“They were nabbed along Ogui Road, Enugu by the operatives of the Enugu State Police Command on June 26, 2018, following intelligence information gathered concerning their nefarious activities.”
According to Danmallam, items recovered from the suspects include a Golf car with registration number Abuja RBC 220 KF, and a broken plug which they allegedly use in “scratching down” the window of the car to steal from their victims.
Ugwu and the other suspects were helping the police in their investigations and would soon be charged to court, Danmallam added.