The Police Command in Enugu State, on Friday, paraded 12 suspects for armed robbery at various locations within two weeks in the state.
The command recovered one AK47 rifle, one pistol, two live cartridges, a hammer, two chisels, charms as well as one Toyota Camry car with registration number; ENU 276 RA and one Toyota Corolla with registration number ENSJ 88.
Briefing newsmen during the parade at police headquarters in Enugu, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Balarabe Suleiman, said that the suspects were arrested from Feb 11, when he assumed office in the state, till date.
Suleiman said that the feat was achieved by strengthening and fine-tuning the existing security structure he met on ground as a new commissioner of police in the state.
He assured that once investigation was concluded on the matters, they would be charged to court to get appropriate punishment for their nefarious activities.
“On Feb. 25 at about 12;35 p.m., the police through intelligence information arrested three suspected armed robbers.
“They had stolen a Toyota Camry car with registration number; ENU 276 RA and change its identity to KJA 10 ES as well as its colour from Gold to Red.
“On Feb. 15, police operatives arrested three suspected highway robbers, who operate on Enugu – Port Harcourt Road using a tricycle. They set sharp objects that punctures motorists vehicles on the road and thereby robber them on gun-point.
“On Feb. 14, a robbery suspect, Chinonso Ali, was arrested for using hammer and locally-made pistol to snatch motorcycles within the outskirt of Enugu metropolis.
“While on Feb. 13, another was arrested using fake guns to collect bags and phones forcefully from ladies along Railway Crossing in Enugu during evening hours.
“Feb. 27, our operative on patrol arrested two armed robbers and cultists that steals forcefully and terrorise the entire Ugwu Park in Iva Valley, Ngwo near Enugu.
“And two others were arrested in another location within the outskirt of the metropolis,’’ he said.
Suleiman, however, urged the members of the public especially journalists to synergise with the command to rid the state of criminal and common trouble makers.
“Enugu State is known for peace and security; and I and my management team had resolved to continue to keep it so.
“Criminals and trouble-makers should steer-clear as we will not create a space for them to operate here,’’ he assured.