By Stanley Nwanosike, Shehu Danjuma
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a suspected member of the notorious criminal gang popularly called, “Malaysian Boys’’.
The command’s spokesman, Ebere Amariazu, ASP, said the suspect had terrorised people in Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday that intelligence operatives in Nimbo community arrested the suspect on Friday.
He said the gang had been elusive for over one month since its members were declared wanted.
“The command intensified its manhunt for the remnant members of the group after the arrest of Sylvester Ugochukwu, who was sighted in Ebo village in Nimbo community,’’ he said.
He said the suspect had been helping police operatives in further investigations.
“Intelligence further revealed that the suspect was recently recruited into the gang and had carried out some alleged nefarious activities in Nimbo community and its environs before his arrest by the security operatives,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that about a month ago the command had declared some identified members of the group wanted and urged the members of the public to assist with relevant information about the gang.
In a related development, the Katsina Police Command has announced the arrest of two armed robbery gangs that had been terrorising the people of the state.
Mr. Benson Gwana, Commissioner of Police in Katsina, disclosed this while parading the arrested armed robbery suspects on Saturday in Katsina.
He said the command had similarly recovered one AK 47 rifle and one locally made pistol from the armed robbery suspects.
“On Jan. 6, at about 18:30hrs (6:00pm) based on a tip-off, the police arrested Usman Lawal, Umaru Audu, Ibrahim Abubakar, Bashir Adamu and Gambo Musa, alias Killer.
“The suspects were arrested at Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“The police recovered a locally made pistol in their possession, some fake dollar currencies and seven GSM handsets.
“On Dec. 31, 2017 the Katsina Police Command also succeeded in bursting another gang of armed robbery suspects in Daura zone of the state.’’ Gwana said.
He added that police also arrested Shafiu Lawal, Tasiu Abdu and Abdullahi Lawal who mounted road block on Maibara to Yanduna road in Daura senatorial zone and robbed people plying the road.
“The police ambushed and arrested them while at the scene of the crime.”
“Police also recovered one AK-47 rifle in a criminal hideout and the owner had already been arrested and taken to Force Headquarters, Abuja for interrogation,” he said
Gwana called on members of the public to always provide useful information about criminals and their activities in the state.