29 June 2014

Nigeria: Owerri Bomb Scare - Police Arrest Six Suspects

Owerri — Six suspected terrorists have been arrested by the Imo State Police Command in connection with the discovery and detonation of an improvised explosive at the Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel) in Owerri, recently. According to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, one of the suspects is an American, two Ugandans, two Tanzanians while the other hails from Zambia, who all had been granted bail based on reliable information about their mission and identity in the state.

"We have got some tips and hints and we are working on some theories to unmask the mystery behind the aborted bomb explosion," he stated.

Ali was briefing newsmen on the renewed efforts of his men to rid the state of criminals.

He also said that cult-related wars had nosedived in the state as a result of his shoot-at-sight order to the police on their members.

The state police command, he said, through intelligence gathering and intensified operation of the Scorpion Squad arrested a number of suspects at different places within the state for their involvement in one form of crime or the other, raging from armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching and cultism with some items recovered from them. He said that members of the Vikwigs secret cult arrested had earlier operated from Aba to Owerri to kill and rob and were on a revenge mission in Owerri to kill another cult member of Black Axe.

"But unfortunately, they did not meet the person at home and then decided to rob his house of some valuables before they were nabbed by the men of the state police command".

The police chief, who also spoke of arrests made in respect of unlawful possession of fire arms, stealing, car snatching, and rape, added that a student of the Imo State University who was a car theft syndicate and who specialized in using master key in stealing cars from where they were parked by their owners is also in police net. According to him, between July to November 2013, the suspect, Uchenna Martins, who hails from Ohokobe Ndume in Umuahia North council of Abia State had stolen a total of three cars viz two V/W Golf 3 cars and one Honda Halla car from Aba Road Owerri, Wetheral road by Cherubim junction and Ahiazu Mbaise, respectively. He said that the police are taking proactive measures to stem the tide of criminality in the state and had held meetings with the leadership of some trade unions, pressure groups, Keke NAPEP and vehicle operators to make the state uncomfortable for hoodlums.

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