The suspect , who claimed to be a car panel beater , said he had
stayed without any job to do for a long time , adding that when he
needed money to restore his son ' s health , he had no option but rob
to raise the money.
He said , " I ' m a car panel beater and I have not done any job for
some time now , even when my son became sick and was hospitalised and
I needed some money to pay his bill.
" That was what led me into stealing. I broke into my neighbour' s
house and stole her Plasma television , but I was caught in the act
and the television set was collected back from me . "
It was gathered that operatives of the Anti -kidnapping Unit attached
to the Umuahia Central Police Station arrested the suspect while
responding to a distress call from one Dr . Chioma Okoli , whose house
was burgled by the suspect at Amakama Housing Estate in Umuahia.
Items recovered from the suspect include one Plasma television among
other house hold effects .
Other suspected armed robbers arrested by the police are one Chibuke
Uzodinma and Odinaka Nnamani who reportedly robbed one Elizabeth
Ogbonna of her Horizon Blackberry phone at gunpoint.
The suspects also allegedly robbed one Ogechi Uzodinma of her Samsung
K 4 phone valued at N 60, 000 and another HTC phone valued at N 40,
000 and other valuables.
A police source hinted that the suspects were arrested with the
complainants' phones, adding that they have confessed to the crime ,
while efforts to arrest other members of the gang have been
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr . Adeleye Oyebade ,
confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
He stated that their arrest was in line with the proactive measures
introduced by the state police command , which was targeted at
catching and arresting criminals in the act.