The Abia State Police Command has arrested two men, who specialised in robbing women that live alone at the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Umuahia.
The two men, Obinna Anyanwu and Chinedu Awa, were alleged to have raided and robbed the homes of several women, including Mrs Beatrice Okpi.
They were further alleged to have once carried out robbery operations in the estate for two days.
The police said that the suspects burgled the homes of women they knew to be living alone and carted away their clothings, kitchen utensils and other valuables.
Luck, however, ran out on the suspects after they raided the home of Uche Jonathan, also residing in that estate and tried to bolt with two wielding machines valued at N46, 000.00.
The man raised the alarm and they were arrested.
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said: “These same suspects ransacked the shop of Emeka Aharaumunna, at the estate and carted away six generators valued at N450,000.
They also stormed the house of Pastor Gabriel Nwankwo and fired gunshots in an attempt to break into the victim’s house to rob.”
Oyebade said that the suspects were arrested following the intervention of Neighbourhood Watch.
He said that men of the Neighbourhood Watch apprehended and handed the suspects over to the police. He further said that the suspects had already confessed to robbing Mrs Okpi’s house in Ohafia, where their ringleader resides.
Items recovered by the police from the suspects include, glass table, Tiger generators, two mattresses, one TV set, two DVD among others.
Confessing to the crime, Obinna said that he was initiated into robbery by his friend called, Flex. Obinna added: “I have been involved in robbery operations five times.”
Chinedu, Awa alias Pastor, from Ndi Uduma Awoke, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, said: “I’m not part of the gang. I only bought some stolen items from them. I didn’t know the items were stolen ones.”