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By Anayo Okoli
Abia State Police yesterday paraded a police sergeant, one sergeant Matthew Elah, of Rivers State Police command said to be attached to the Department of Operations in Port Harcourt, for allegedly being an accomplice in a robbery operation in the state.
The suspect said to be a native of Uba community in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State, was arrested following a tip-off after a robbery incident at Akwette community in Ukwa East Local Government Area of Abia State.
Abia State Police Commissioner, Leye Oyebade said the suspect was arrested following a report that some police men robbed and snatched a motorcycle from the owner at Umuteke-Akwette road Abia State.
Oyebade said that the suspect had confessed to committing the crime with another Police Sergeant, one Isah Alhaji of 48, Police Mobile Force Ahoda, Rivers State, who is now on the run, but added that the command was after the fleeing police man.
The Police Commissioner said efforts were on to recover the stolen motorcycle and that the suspect would soon be arraigned in court, adding that “police have zero tolerance for corruption; the police in the country have zero tolerance for crime of any kind.”
Speaking to journalists, after being paraded, the suspect who equally confessed to the crime and felt sorry for his criminal act and blamed it on the devil.
The suspect said that he was escorting those who stole the motorcycle when the police swooped on them and arrested him while his colleagues ran away.
The police commissioner also paraded suspected who vandalized electric cable belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) at Umueze Nvosi, Isialangwa South council area of the State.
The CP gave the names of the suspects as, Prince Okorafor, 22, Christian Ezike and Ukaoma Daniel.