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Man in possession of 7AK 47, 4000 rounds of ammunition arrested

OWERRI — Imo State Police Command has arrested one Mr. Chidi Benjamin for being in possession of 138 fully loaded magazines.

Other deadly items recovered from the suspect’s Toyota Camry car with number plate AX 293 ABC, included five AK 47, two AK 49 rifles and 4,140 rounds of life ammunition.

Apparently alarmed by the development, Governor Ikedi Ohakim made an unscheduled visit to the State Police Headquarters, Owerri, where the suspect and his deadly cargo were on display.

Speaking to journalists after the visit, Ohakim reaffirmed his earlier promise to reward every credible informant with the sum of N1 million, adding that his administration would continue to do everything possible and within the ambit of law to curb crime in the state.

Vanguard gathered that the Command got a credible tip off from an informant and laid ambush for the merchant of death and when the suspect was flagged down along Bank Road, Owerri, he refused to stop.

“Our operatives gave the man a hot chase and when he realized that they were fast closing in on him, he jumped out of the car and made a spirited effort to run away.

“The police caught him, brought him back to his car before the vehicle was searched,” the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Linus Nwaiwu said.

The PPRO was particularly happy that the recent N1 million promised by Governor Ohakim had been of immense help to the Command and appealed to Imo people to buy into the project and help in eliminating criminals in the state.

The suspect, who claimed to be a native of Emohua in Rivers State, said one Mr. Henry gave him the deadly cargo at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport for onward transmission to somebody he did not immediately disclose his identity.

“Mr. Henry only gave me the telephone number of the person that should receive the materials. I deal in oil and it is this business that brought Henry and I together in Port Harcourt,” the suspect said.


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