A dismissed soldier, identified as Ifesinachi Nwankwo has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command for charges of Murder and Armed Robbery within the Enugu State metropolis.
It was disclosed by Abdurahman Mohammed, the State Commissioner of Police that the dismissed soldier who is 24-years-old, joined the Nigerian Army in 2017 and served in Damboa, Maiduguri.
The soldier-turned-armed robber was arrested alongside one of his gang members, Raphael Nworie, 27.
The police boss said Ifesinachi reportedly went Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) after his base came under constant Boko Haram attacks in 2018.
The gang attacked Ozalla Division of the command at Agro-Allied Product Filling station along Obe/Agbani Road, Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State where they murdered Ominyi Chukwu, an Assistant Superintendant of Police.
Abdurahman Mohammed said the armed robbery suspects also carted away two assault rifles and injured a police inspector, Princewill Ebiriem, after the attack.
The suspects also allegedly attacked and killed the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community, Mr Onyebuchi Aninwagu, on 19th July 2020 and were alleged to have also made away with his pump-action gun.
The police boss added that items recovered from the suspects include:
- 6 firearms including an AK 47 rifle,
- 15 ammunition,
- 36 live cartridges,
- 1 TV set,
- 1 mobile phone,
- 1 cutlass.
The dismissed soldier and the other suspect who was arrested have been charged to court for murder and armed robbery.
The African Media