Published on Aug 11, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
One of the three police officers dismissed by the Delta state police command for their alleged involvement in armed robbery, Nwakem Ebonzim, has confessed to the crime and said: “I am ashamed of myself now.”
The dismissed officer told journalists in an interview where he and others were paraded that he had been involved in the petroleum tanker robbery twice and got N500, 000 as his proceeds in the operations.
He expressed regret over the act, saying the three of them have served the force for 16 years.
“I am ashamed of myself now. I never knew what pushed me into it,” even as he advised serving officers to stay away from bad friends.
The officers who have been dismissed are Sergeant Christopher Onyegho, Sergeant Nwakem Ebenzim and Sergeant Michael Chima. They were paraded before news men in Asaba, the state capital, along with other suspects by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said that the officers were serving with the Special Protection Unit (SPO), Base 5, Benin City but serving with Edo, Imo and Delta States Police Commands, respectively.
The Police boss said that two civilians were also involved in the petroleum tanker robbery, adding that the five suspects allegedly robbed the 33 liters load of petroleum tanker in Agbor, Ika North local government area of the state, arrested and handcuffed the driver, his assistant and threw them into the bush and consequently diverted the product to a filling station where it was sold in their usual manner.
According to him, the three police officers had under gone what he called, ‘department disciplinary measures’ and that the department proceeding was completed before they were dismissed from service.”
“What is left now is for us to charge them (five suspects) to court; and that we are going to do that onMonday 14th August 2017, the three ex-policemen and the two civilians who are already at Ogwashi-Uku Prison would be arraigned in court for prosecution.”
Zanna Ibrahim also paraded four suspects who allegedly murdered a legal practitioner, late Barrister Festus Ashiedu in Okpanam, a suburb of Asaba.
The late Ashiedu was shot dead recently by gun men at Globe Supper market Okpanam while arguing with the criminals over his car.
According to the Commissioner of Police, the slaughters of the late lawyer were arrested few days after they committed the crime, unearthing that one of the suspects, Obed Ikenna Oluchi of No 36 Chinudu Eze Street, off Agric road Asaba has confessed that the late lawyer was massacred by his group and not by assassins as earlier reported in the media.
Oluchi, however told journalists that the lawyer was slain by one of the gang members because the lawyer was reluctant to let go his car key when they demanded for it.
He said that it was after the lawyer was killed that they had access to the car which they used to escape from the scene as police were chasing after them.
Other hoodlums showcased by the Commissioner include cultists, kidnappers among other criminal offences.
Items recovered from them include cut to size locally made gun, cash and other dangerous weapons, the Commissioner said.
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