Security arm of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has arrested a member of the six man armed robbery gang earlier smashed by the group in the commercial city of Onitsha.
Speaking to newsmen, the Regional Administrator in charge of Onitsha Region 4 of MASSOB, Chief Arinze Igbani, said the suspect, whom he gave his name as Chinonso, a native of Umuezeala community, Oturu in Oru Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested following a tip off after Chinonso’s gang had successfully robbed their victim.
He said the suspect in company of the remaining members of his gang now at large had about 7.30 pm robbed a woman of her bag containing N20,000, cell phone and other valuables along Onitsha-Owerri Express road.
“My security men received a distress call that a three-man gang of armed robbers were operating again along Onitsha-Owerri road, they swung into action and noticed that a woman who runs a restaurant along Owerri road had been robbed while she was in Tricycle (Keke NAPEP) at Umuobom junction, Okpoko”
According to him, his men arrested a teenager who upon confirming that he knew one of the suspects took his men to the residence of the suspect at No 50 Coorporative Street, Okpoko where he was arrested while entering the gate of the compound.
“He was just entering the gate of his house and our security men entered with him and arrested him. He has confessed to the crime and we will hand him over to the police to tell them more about the operation of his gang”
The Director of Security, MASSOB, Onitsha Region 4, Mr. Chukwuneke Aguoha who led the operation said the suspect had confessed and revealed the whereabouts of the fleeing members of the gang.
Aguoha said” “The gang has been responsible for all serial raping of ladies and armed robberies along the Onitsha/Owerri road, he said their operational base is the New Park where he said he met one Chima now at large and Chibuzor, the one we arrested earlier and handed over to the police.”