Collins Ugwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in the Nigerian Prisons Service, has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command over his alleged participation in an armed robbery incident.
Ugwu, who hails from Ebonyi State, was reportedly caught in Enugu on June 26.
The senior prisons officer, who resides in Abuja where he works at the headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service, was arrested alongside alleged accomplices — Ifeanyi Ozor, a native of Enugu State who is also residing in Abuja; and Smart Osetu, from Oguta in Imo State.
Mohammed Danmallam, Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, disclosed this while parading the suspects.
He alleged that, apart from armed robbery, Ugwu and his gang were also involved in conspiracy, malicious damage, stealing and ‘obtaining by tricks.’
The Police chief said the gang positioned themselves around the premises of commercial banks to monitor potential victims who had come to withdraw money.
Danmallam disclosed that Ugwu and others were apprehended after the Police gathered intelligence information on their activities.
Danmallam alleged, “The suspects (Ugwu, Ozor and Osetu) belonged to a syndicate that specialised in monitoring anyone that had gone to the bank to make withdrawals and trailed them to a point where they could smartly force the door or the windscreen (of the victims’ cars) open with their instrument and steal the said amount.
“They were also a part of a syndicate that bought goods from traders and generated fake payment alert to the owners of the goods without him knowing.
“They were nabbed along Ogui Road, Enugu, by the operatives of the Enugu State Police Command on June 26, 2018, following intelligence information gathered concerning their nefarious activities.”
According to Danmallam, items allegedly recovered from the suspects include a Golf car and a broken plug, which they allegedly used in ‘scratching down’ windows of cars when they wanted to steal from their victims.
The Police commissioner stated that Ugwu and the other suspects were already helping the Police in their investigations and that they will soon be charged to court.