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How Police Arrested IMSU Graduate Involved In Bank Robbery

An Imo state University graduate, Chinomso Gift Onwuegbuchulam aka Ogolo who was among the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen, has been arrested by the Imo State Police Command.

He was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers State.

How the police tracked and arrested him:

PRESS UPDATE BY CP CHRIS O. EZIKE, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IMO STATE COMMAND ON THE ARMED ROBBERY INCIDENT AT ZENITH BANK PLC WETHERAL ROAD BRANCH OWERRI ON 22NDOF FEBRUARY, 2017.

Gentlemen of the Press,

I addressed you on the 13th of June, 2017 on the above subject matter where I stated that on the 22nd of February, 2017 at about 1510hrs, a four man gang of armed robbers trailed a bank customer to the Wetheral Road branch of Zenith Bank Plc, Owerri Imo State and unleashed attack within the bank premises.

The hoodlums shot sporadically and exchanged gunfire with the three police personnel posted on duty at the bank from 18PMF Squadron Owerri.

In the ensuing gunfire, one of the armed bandits later known and identified as Ikechukwu Okpara ‘m’ was shot dead by F/No. 375253 SgtChukwudiIboko. The three police personnel sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri and the Nigeria Police Hospital Owerri for treatment in a coordinated medical emergency midwifed by the Command Medical Officer SP (Dr.) Bose Salami.

Unfortunately, F/No. 375253 Sgt ChukwudiIboko and F/No. 390643 Sgt Sunday Agbo died on 23rd of February, 2017 from gunshot injuries received during the armed robbery encounter while receiving treatment at the hospital.

The third police personnel F/No. 426788 SgtOtu Attang survived by the Grace of the Almighty God and the diligence and professionalism of the Medical team managing him made up of Dr. Chukwumam Dennis - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mba - General Surgeon, Dr. Amakobi Aristole – Opthalmologistand Dr. Kalu - Anaesthetist. We are grateful to this compassionate Medical team.

In the course of investigation, three of the armed robbery suspects were arrested namely:
i. Justice Ogbonna ‘m’ aged 36yrs aka “JJ”
ii. Abiye Charles ‘m’
iii. Okechukwu Nwanegbo ‘m’ aka “MODESTUS”
The following exhibits were also recovered
� AK47 Rifle Breech No. 7179 with one hundred (100) rounds of live ammunition
� AK47 Rifle Breech No. 180-03-06723 with one round of live ammunition
� AK49 Rifle Breech No. 56-25012906 with one hundred and seventy-five (175) rounds of live ammunition
4 Nos Vehicles Viz
 Toyota Avalon car with Reg. No. Lagos AL 250 ER
 Toyota Camry Green Colour with Reg. No. Rivers BRR 994 RM
 Toyota Camry Black Colour with Reg. No. Lagos APP 195 AU
 Toyota Corolla Blue Colour with Reg. No. Rivers BRR 887 RM

I am delighted to announce to you that the remaining member of the gang one Chinonso Gift Onwuegbuchulam aka “OGOLO” male, 29years of age, hails from Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State was arrested on 21st of February, 2018.The suspect who claimed to hold a B.ScHons. Degree in Government & Public Administration from Imo state University in 2008 was arrested at his hide out at Close 7, Mgbuakara Eleparawan, Port Harcourt - Rivers State.

He has confessed to the crime and further admitted that out of the N2.8million naira they stole, he got a share of #400,000.00 (Four hundred thousand naira only). He further confessed to have been in armed robbery business since 2012 and has participated in several robbery operations at Lagos, Port Harcourt and Owerri between 2012 and 2017. He is helping investigation as we speak.

I wish to also inform you that the Sun Publishing Limited publishers of the Sun Newspaper has named Sgt ChukwudiIboko as the Sun Post Humous Nigerian Hero for 2017. I shall be receiving the award on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police and the Deceased family in Lagos tomorrow.

The arrest of this suspect signals the closure of this criminal gang and their nefarious activities.

The Command has also made giant strides in the arrest of other criminal gangs and recovery of high profile exhibits, details of which shall be made available to the media next week.

Thank you for your sustained partnership.