caught a 26-year-old student of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo,
Johnbosco Ashiegbu for allegedly stealing two vehicles belonging to the
government in the state and reportedly used the money to have fun with
the girlfriend. He was arrested with his gang member identified as
34-year-old Chinonso Ewurum.
stolen by Ashiegbu and Ewurum included a N19m Hilux van belonging to the
Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, adding that the suspects sold
the vehicle to one Nnamdi Ejinkeonye in Onitsha for N300,000.
the suspects in the Imo Housing Estate axis of Owerri, where it was
parked by its owner. The Toyota Camry, valued at N3.9m, was said to have
also been sold to Ejinkeonye for N350,000.
of Imo State, told our correspondent that he took to the crime so as to
raise money to “sort out my results in school.”
into crime. After arranging my results in school, I used the remaining
money to live a good life and to take care of my girlfriend.”
owned by the government, he realised N285,000 from the sale of the
anonymity, said the suspects were notorious for using fabricated keys to
open peoples’ cars, which they usually sold at Onitsha Market.
commander, Godfrey Victor, a Superintendent of Police, rounded up the
suspects in their houses in Owerri when information about their criminal
operation had been gathered.”
the government’s Hilux van worth N19m and the Toyota Camry worth N3.9m
to Ejinkeonye who was introduced to them by one Nzube.
gang is a deadly one. Because they have a waiting buyer, they sell at
any amount as long as you are ready to buy in cash.
participated in the stealing of the Toyota Camry and got N25,000 from
the proceeds but denied partaking in the stealing of the government
Ejinkeonye, who bought the vehicle. The police source said the identity
card of the undergraduate and the master key used in stealing vehicles
were recovered as exhibits.
state, Chris Ezike, said that the introduction of the whistle-blowing
policy of his command and Owerri City Policing initiative were part of
the measures to curb crimes in the state.