A Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Collins Ugwu, has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery by the Police in Enugu State.
Ugwu, a native of Ezza in Ebonyi State, was reportedly caught in Enugu on June 26 alongside alleged accomplices — Ifeanyi Ozor and Smart Osetu.
Parading the suspects weekend, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam, alleged that apart from armed robbery, the prisons officer and his gang were also involved in conspiracy, malicious damage, stealing and ‘obtaining by tricks’, Punch writes.
“The suspects (Ugwu, Ozor and Osetu) belonged to a syndicate that specialised in monitoring anyone that had gone to the bank to make withdrawals and trailed them to a point where they could smartly force the door or the windscreen (of the victims’ cars) open with their instrument and steal the said amount,” Danmallam said.
“They were also a part of a syndicate that bought goods from traders and generated fake payment alert to the owners of the goods without him knowing.
“They were nabbed along Ogui Road, Enugu, by the operatives of the Enugu State Police Command on June 26, 2018, following intelligence information gathered concerning their nefarious activities.”
Items allegedly recovered from the suspects included a Golf car with registration number Abuja RBC 220 KF, and a broken plug which they allegedly used in ‘scratching down’ windows of cars when they wanted to steal from their victims.