David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Anambra State Police Command has secured conviction of the two armed robbers arrested on the second Niger Bridge, weeks ago.
The robbers were arrested with two daggers and five sim cards removed from phones of their victims.
The Anambra State Police Command’s Spokesperson, DSP. Toochukwu Ikenga, who revealed the arraignment said that the suspects pleaded guilty when arraigned in court.
Ikenga said: “In compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP. Aderemi Adeoye, detectives worked on the sim cards and traced two of the victims one of whom is a lawyer.
“Victims cooperated with investigation and evidence gathered was presented before the court. Both accused persons were sentenced to 5 years jail term each on each of the first two counts and 3 years imprisonment for the third count.
“The sentences which are without option of fine are to run concurrently. The convicts have been remanded to Onitsha Correctional Centre to serve their jail terms.”
Meanwhile, 33 suspected cultists have been arraigned in court for sundry criminal charges in the wake of a new crackdown ordered by the Anambra State Police Commissioner.
Anambra State Police spokesperson, who revealed this in a press release, said that the suspected cultists were arraigned in two batches of nine and 24 were charged with membership of unlawful societies; unlawful possession of firearms; unlawful possession and use of hard drugs and other substances.
He said: “The suspects are still being held in custody and investigation into various murders committed by suspected cultists still ongoing.
“The Commissioner of Police has reiterated his stand that there will be no sacred cow in the new offensive against cultists. He said the Command will never compromise the ongoing investigation and any one indicted by evidence will be brought to book no matter how highly placed.”