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26 - year - old student of Imo State Polytechnic ,Umuagwo , Johnbosco Ashiegbu , and 34 - year -old Chinonso Ewurum , have been arrested by operatives of Special Anti - Robbery Squad in Imo State for allegedly stealing two vehicles.

The police claimed that the vehicles stolen by Ashiegbu and Ewurum included a N19 m Hilux van belonging to the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State , adding that the suspects sold the vehicle to one Nnamdi Ejinkeonye in Onitsha for N300, 000 .

The other vehicle , a Toyota Camry , the police said , was stolen by the suspects in the Imo Housing Estate axis of Owerri , where it was parked by its owner.

The Toyota Camry, valued at N3 . 9 m , was said to have also been sold to Ejinkeonye for N350, 000.The undergraduate, who hails from the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State , told our correspondent that he took to the crime so as to raise money to “ sort out my results in school. ”

He said , “ My desire to sort out my results in
school led me into crime . After arranging my
results in school, I used the remaining money
to live a good life and to take care of my
girlfriend. ”
He explained that while he got N30 , 000 from
the sale of the Hilux owned by the government ,
he realised N285, 000 from the sale of the
Toyota Camry.

A police source , who spoke to Southern City
News on condition of anonymity , said the
suspects were notorious for using fabricated
keys to open peoples ’ cars , which they usually
sold at Onitsha Market .

The source said , “ A team of federal SARS
operatives led by its commander , Godfrey
Victor , a Superintendent of Police , rounded up
the suspects in their houses in Owerri when
information about their criminal operation had
been gathered. ”

The source said police investigation showed
that the suspects sold the government ’ s Hilux
van worth N19 m and the Toyota Camry worth
N3 . 9 m to Ejinkeonye who was introduced to
them by one Nzube .

The police source said , “ Chinonso and Nzube
are brothers. The gang is a deadly one . Because they have a waiting buyer , they sell at any amount as long as you are ready to buy in cash .

“ We are closing in on Nnamdi and Nzube . We
will soon arrest them and bring them to justice .
They cannot run too far . ”

Ewurum , who is an indigene of Okija in
Anambra State , said he participated in the
stealing of the Toyota Camry and got N25 , 000
from the proceeds but denied partaking in the
stealing of the government Hilux van.

He said that his younger brother was paid
N15 , 000 for bringing Ejinkeonye , who bought
the vehicle.

The police source said the identity card of the
undergraduate and the master key used in
stealing vehicles were recovered as exhibits.

Confirming the development , the Commissioner of Police in the state , Chris Ezike, said that the introduction of the whistle - blowing policy of his command and Owerri City Policing initiative were part of the measures to curb crimes in the state .

PUNCH .
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