Abia: Police Arrest Dismissed Cop For Alleged Gun-Running
A dismissed police officer identified as Felix Nwogugu has been arrested by the operatives of the Abia State Police Command for alleged arms and ammunition racket.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, who confirmed his arrest in a statement, said he was nabbed in connection with an armed robbery case in the state.
The CP added that the surveillance patrol team of Isiala Ngwa Area Command in the state, while on patrol in the area sighted two suspected hoodlums operating on a motorcycle with number plate GE 418 QC on the Isiala Ngwa axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Okon stated that on sighting the police detectives, the suspects jumped off the motorcycle and fled into the bush and abandoned a bag on the motorcycle.
The CP pointed out that the police team gave the suspects a hot chase, which led to the eventual arrest of one of them identified as Chidozie Martins from Umunkpeyi Mbawsi, in Isiala Ngwa North LGA.
He added that a search for abandoned bag revealed that a locally-made revolver pistol with its three live ammunition, was in it.
Okon stated, “The suspect confessed to their nefarious activities, which led the investigation and arrest of one Felix Nwogugu, a dismissed policeman, who supplies them with ammunition. An investigation is still in process to arrest other members of the gang.”
Nwogugu, however, confessed to the crime. He said he gave the gun to Martins to provide security for himself while on election duty.
He said, “The gun is my own, but I had no need of it again; that was why I gave it to Martins to protect himself during the election period.
“I told him to dispose of the gun after the election, but he did not listen to my advice. That was how we landed into trouble.
He said, “I asked Nwogugu to give me the gun for my safety during the election, but when the election was over, I kept the gun because I wanted to be using it to protect myself.”