Abia Police Command Parade 18 Empowerment Scam Suspects, 9 IPOB Members, 31 Others

Abia Police Command Parade 18 Empowerment Scam Suspects, 9 IPOB Members, 31 Others

By Ify Ashi, Umuahia

The newly posted Abia commissioner of police, Chris Okey Ezike has paraded 57 suspected criminals, among whom are 14 suspected armed robbers, 18 empowerment scam suspects, 5 cultist, 2 kidnapping suspects, 9 IPOB members, 3 unlawful possession of firearm arms among others.

Speaking while parading the suspects said on resumption of office,and following complaints from members of the public especially in Aba about the unscrupulous activities of some individuals/groups who masquerade as empowerment companies, church cooperative group, poverty/Alleviation units and wonder financial institutions.

He said he set up an investigative panel to aggregate the complaints to determine the scale, extent of suspected fraud and unmasked the brains behind the scam.

Ezike said at the end of the investigation, it was discovered that the fraud was pervasive and had the potentials of crippling retail activities in Aba where the scam was massive reiterated that the total of 22 groups, and 18 suspects where arrested, also received 6,728 complainants and the total of 91,182369.69 was discovered while the total amount of 7,933,900.00 was recovered

The police disclosed that the suspects are mainly women and they go with various names such as unlimited ladies, raising life association, virtuous ladies aka loveable, unique empowerment, perfect ladies forum, excellent ladies, merit ladies forum, great mines, Christian ladies, faithful ladies.

Others include, favour empowerment, Divine ladies empowerment, De- light ladies, successful ladies, Glory empowerment, unstoppable ladies, Favour empowerment, Nwankpa Nneka Regina forum, Ever better empowerment, peculiar empowerment, East gold global resources and multi purpose cooperative society

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The police also paraded IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members, among those arrested included, Ikedi Orji, Samuel Elem, Festus Oko, Michael Okoroafor, Oko Chukwu, John Ogbu, Cyril Elobuike and Dominic Onovo.

Speaking on their offense the police said on 25/11/2018, soldiers on duty at Abia state university, Uturu military check point intercepted the first five suspects all from Ebonyi state enroute Owerri and the last four was intercepted near Lokpanta in Umuneochi enroute Enugu to Owerri.

He said on interrogation all suspects averred membership of MASSOB/BIM and denied IPOB membership , he disclosed that intelligence information is indicative that the suspects may be part of the IPOB group that unleashed mayhem in some states recently.

Speaking with some of the suspects claimed they where MASSOB members and not members of IPOB , they said the court have granted them bail but the police failed to released them rather decided to parade them with other suspected criminals.

The police further revealed that detectives from Area command Umuahia, while on surveillance patrol of the area at Mbom Afara Ibeku Umuahia, accosted four men with one automatic English made double barrel gun. Three Dane guns and nineteen cartridges, all male whom they claimed they where hunters but needed to explain why they are in possession of prohibited firearms.

Speaking to journalists, Udodirim Nwandu and William Enoch said they where hunters who where returning home after hunting. They said when they where accosted by the police they show the police their Abia state Hunters Association identity card but where surprised that the police went further to arrest them with the animals they killed and took them to the police station.

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They maintained that the gun used for the hunting was hunters gun licensed and approved adding that what the police is doing to them is unjust

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