Abia Police Arrest Over 110 Suspected Criminals, Including ABSU Student Involved in Fatal Shooting

Abia police arrest over 110 suspected criminals, including a university student involved in a fatal shooting, highlighting efforts to combat crime and address cultism in Nigerian universities.

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Abia Police Arrest Over 110 Suspected Criminals, Including ABSU Student Involved in Fatal Shooting

Abia Police Arrest Over 110 Suspected Criminals, Including ABSU Student Involved in Fatal Shooting

The Abia State Police Command has arrested over 110 suspected criminals within the first quarter of 2024, including an Abia State University (ABSU) student involved in a fatal shooting. The police paraded the suspects, who were allegedly involved in various criminal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and cultism.

Among the suspects was Emmanuel Victor, a 500-level Optometry student at ABSU, who confessed to killing Emmanuel Uche, a final-year student of the same university. According to Victor, Uche was a member of a rival cult group, and the incident occurred after Uche's group came to retrieve a phone that had been taken from them. "This was my first time killing someone," Victor said, pleading for a second chance.

The police spokesperson, ASP Maureen Chinaka, said that Victor was apprehended by a team of police detectives acting on credible intelligence. The Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, also paraded other suspects involved in various crimes at the Police headquarters in Umuahia.

Why this matters: The arrest of over 110 suspected criminals, including a university student involved in a fatal shooting, highlights the ongoing efforts by the Abia State Police Command to combat crime and ensure the safety of residents. The incident also underscores the issue of cultism and violence in Nigerian universities.

In a related development, Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has directed the Commissioner of Police to thoroughly investigate the police officers who reportedly shot and killed Mr. Emmanuel Okocha, a citizen of Amanta, Abiriba, in Ohafia Local Government. The governor expressed sadness over Okocha's untimely death and charged the police boss to ensure that the officers involved face the full wrath of the law if found culpable.

Key Takeaways

  • Abia police arrested over 110 suspected criminals in Q1 2024, including a student killer.
  • ABSU student Emmanuel Victor confessed to killing a rival cult member, his "first time".
  • Police apprehended Victor based on intelligence, other suspects involved in crimes paraded.
  • Abia governor orders probe into police killing of a citizen, officer in custody for discipline.
  • Police vow to continue crackdown on criminals, governor assures no cover-up in citizen's death.