Inspector Leads 6-Man Police Robbery Gang
A 60-year-old serving Police Inspector who allegedly leads a six-man police armed robbery gang has been arrested by soldiers.
He was paraded by operatives of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, in Benin City, southsouth Nigeria, on Thursday.
The suspect, Inspector Nanagha Aduoumeni, attached to ‘A’ Department, Nigeria Police Force, Bayelsa State Command, southsouth Nigeria, was arrested by troops of 222 Battalion on patrol at Orhoror Junction, along Bomadi Road in Delta State at about 2 a.m.
The Brigade Public Relations Officer, Capt. Roselyn Managbe, who addressed journalists on behalf of the Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen. Pat Akem on Thursday, said the suspect was caught blocking the road with wood, while other members of his gang who were armed, took cover in the thick bush along the road.
“When they sighted the Nigerian Army Quick Response Group driving towards them, Inspector Nanagha tried to withdraw into the bush, but he was caught while other members of his gang escaped into the creeks,” Capt. Managbe explained, adding that the suspect in his confessional statement revealed that members of his gang were all serving police personnel who indulge in robbery operation after their normal police duties.
“The suspect also confessed that Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Okubopagha and Inspector Okoro of ‘B’ Department, Nigeria Police, are members of his gang,” Managbe said.
Items recovered from the robbery suspect include an unconfirmed Nigeria Police identity card and a Nokia Handset.
Inspector Aduoumeni, who allegedly confirmed his involvement in a robbery operation, said he joined the Police Force on 1 May, 1982 and that he was introduced into armed robbery by ASP Okubopagha, claiming that he was caught in his first operation with the gang.
“I was arrested at Bomadi. I was caught the first day I joined. We were six in number. Others were in uniform but I was not. ASP Okubopagha introduced me, they were with police guns.
“We robbed only two vehicles. When we were about to go they gave me only N5,000. I don’t know how they collected the money,” Inspector Aduoumeni said.
Asked how he feels with his arrest, the suspect and father of two from Ayakoromo, Delta State, said: “I feel for my children and wife now that I have been arrested.”
Among 16 other suspects arrested by the Army for their involvement in various crimes were a five-man kidnap gang who abducted Mrs. Ebi Leizou in Effurun, Delta State and dispossessed her of her Highlander SUV vehicle in addiotion to obtaining the sum of N500,000 and N850,000 from the victim and her family.
Several other oil theft suspects were also paraded by the Army, from whom several drums and jerrycans of illegally refined petroleum produts were seized. Capt. Managbe said the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.