The long arm of the law has caught up with two ex-naval officers and another suspect after they were all arrested by men of the Abia State Police Command for allegedly snatching a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle.
According to Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade during the parade of the suspects at the State Police Command in Umuahia, the three men snatched the car with Registration Number YAB 954 BH, at gunpoint from the owner.
The CP said the three suspects identified as Okoro Vincent and Ibrahim Maza were ex-convicted naval officers, who were recently released from prison and the third suspect is identified as Ikenna Ogbonna, a member of their gang.
One of the suspects, Maza during interrogation confessed to the crime and also revealed that Ogbonna put a call through to them to help him escort the stolen car from Aba to Enugu.
“I’m an ex-naval officer, but I now live at Abuja. Ikenna called me and my friend to Aba to escort him in his car to Enugu because he knew we are ex-Navy personnel. It was along the line that we were arrested by the police,” Maza said.
He added that; “When I was serving at Port Harcourt, we were sent on an operation to arrest pipeline vandals, but the OIC gave us an order to collect money from them and free them and we did that.
“Later, an order came from the naval headquarters in Lagos that we should be arrested and court-martialled in November 2014. We were sentenced to seven years imprisonment, but we were later granted bail at the Court of Appeal”, he narrated.
The CP however noted that efforts were underway to apprehend other members of their gang who are now at large.
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