Five suspects have been arrested for allegedly abducting a driver and the conductor of a truck loaded with 900 bags of cement at Umuhu, Isi-Uzo LGA of Enugu State.
The suspects abducted them, took them to a forest, tied them to trees and made away with the goods and the vehicle.
This was contained in a release by the Enugu State Police Command, made available to our correspodent on Wednesday.
The release signed by the command’s public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, gave the names of the suspects as Everest Ayokalam, 48; Anayo Akakem, 33; Iwuanyanwu Kelechi, 32; Uchenna Iwuoha, 47, and Gospel Chimankpa Nnorom, 32, all of Imo State.
According to Ndukwe, “They were involved in conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction and attempted murder. They have been arraigned in court and remanded accordingly.
“They were arrested at Ikeduru in Imo State on 12/11/2022, through the concerted efforts of police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division of the command and their counterpart in Imo State Command after acting on credible information/intelligence.
“The suspects and others, at large, armed with machetes and other weapons, had on 09/11/2022 at about 3am, abducted, at Umuhu in Isi-Uzo LGA (a border community between Enugu and Ebonyi states), the driver and conductor of a Sino truck, said to be loaded with 900 bags of cement and en-route to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
“They took them to the forest, beat them up and tied them to a tree, and thereafter made away with the truck and bags of cement therein. The suspects confessed to the crime, while the truck was recovered alongside 789 bags of the cement from the warehouse of one Everest Ayokalam, the receiver of the robbed exhibits.”