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.. As police track one of Soludo’s attackers , arrest five
Police officers and men in Anambra State police command have been reportedly barred from wearing their uniforms to work to reduce the risk of attacks on them.
PLATFORM TIMES gthered from a source that the directive was given from the hierachy of the command in the state following the attacks on the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and governorship aspirant of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Charles Soludo which led to the death of three policemen .
The source said: “It is a directive from the hierarchy of the command. Police officers now carry their uniforms in bags to the office, before changing into them.”
PLATFORM TIMES observed that in the state capital, Awka, there are no roadblocks by policemen on all the roads visited, as all designated points for roadblocks have been dismantled as a result of the recent wave of attack.
Meanwhile,one of the suspected attackers of Soludo was arrested after his phone was tracked by security operatives.
Anambra Police Command had earlier stated in a press release that one person, whose name it failed to release, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the crime.
A senior police officer who pleaded anonymity said one of the suspects lost his phone during the attack, and was picked by police operatives, who used it to track him down.
“One of the killers forgot his phone at the scene of the attack, and we found it when the CP visited the place. We tracked down the owner and arrested him, and he is helping us with investigation.
“As at the time the CP arrived at the scene of the attack, the men were still moving, one of them was even muttering something, but we could not hear him. They were certified dead at the hospital,” the source said.
In another development ,the Anambra State command of the Nigeria Police Force has announced that four additional suspects have been arrested in connection to the attack on Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on Wednesday.
Spokesperson of the Anambra State police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, stated this in a late Thursday press release .
He said: “Police Operatives attached to Anambra State Command today 1st April, 2021 arrested four (4) additional suspects in connection to the recent attack and gruesome murder of three (3)Policemen at Isuofia Civic Center in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.
“The suspects are: Mbah Victor ‘M’ aged 30years, John Olisakwe ‘M’ aged 21years. Chigozie Omeh ‘M’ aged 20years and Emmanuel Nnobi ‘M’ aged 28years.
“The suspects confessed to have actively taken part in the attack and subsequent abduction of Commissioner for Public and Utilities, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne, who the command is working assiduously to rescue.”
Ikenga said efforts are still on going to apprehend other fleeing accomplices, to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incidence and bring perpetrators to book.
He also quoted the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas as reiterating his commitment towards ensuring safety and security of Anambra people and residence alike.
He (Kuryas) urged the public not to relent in providing useful information that will assist the command to nip in the bud all forms of criminality in the state including similar ugly incidents.