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Police arrest three for alleged battery theft, recover firearm in bush

The Enugu State Police Command says it has recovered a Beretta pistol with 36 rounds of .9 mm calibre ammunition in a bush at Airport Corner by old Abakaliki Road, Emene in Enugu East Local Government Area.

Also, the command announced the arrest of three suspected motor battery theft syndicates.

A statement on Monday by the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, explained that firearm and ammunition were recovered by Operatives serving in the Emene Division of the Command, working with law-abiding citizens, on Sunday, June 16, 2024, around 7 p.m.

“The exhibits are suspected to have been abandoned by criminal elements on the hot trail of the police operatives for allegations of armed robberies.”

On the battery syndicate, Ndukwe gave the three names who he said were arrested on June 7, as one Eze Ebuka, aged 24, Nnamdi Chukwuemeka, aged 21, and Friday Ilo, aged 31.

They were arrested by police operatives serving in the Awkunanaw Division of the State Command, Ndukwe explained.

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“Their arrest followed the conduct of a covert operation by the operatives upon the receipt of complaints about the theft of several motor vehicle batteries at a construction site in Awkunanaw, Enugu.

“Eze Ebuka and Nnamdi Chukwuemeka, who were initially arrested in the act, upon interrogation confessed to having stolen many batteries, as alleged, and sold them to Friday Ilo, who was later arrested.”

Meanwhile, 15 batteries, including those of articulated and other motor vehicles, and tricycles, were recovered from the suspects.

He said the suspects would be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are concluded.

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