Prison officer arrested for armed robbery

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An officer of Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Collins Ugwu, has been arrested for armed robbery in Enugu State.

Ugwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Prisons, worked at headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service in Abuja until his arrest in Enugu on June 26 alongside his gang.

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The suspects’ trade in stock was laying ambush for bank customers, and robbing them of their monies, according to Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam who paraded them at the weekend.

Danmallam said, “The suspects (Ugwu, Ozor and Osetu) belonged to a syndicate that specialised in monitoring anyone that had gone to the bank to make withdrawals and trailed them to a point where they could smartly force the door or the windscreen (of the victims’ cars) open with their instrument and steal the said amount.

“They were also a part of a syndicate that bought goods from traders and generated fake payment alert to the owners 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.”

Items allegedly recovered from the suspects, according to Danmallam, included a Golf car with registration number Abuja RBC 220 KF, and a broken plug which they allegedly used in ‘scratching down’ windows of cars when they wanted to steal from their victims.


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