Crime

Unknown gunman caught by residents in Anambra community

By Alex Olise

Residents of Uga community in Aguata Local Council Area of Anambra State have caught a suspected gunman, stripped him naked and forced him to name the leader of his gang and the herbalist that prepares charms for his group.

The suspect, who was arrested at Uga, during interrogation, said he came from a community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of the State, a source told news men.

It was gathered that unknown gunmen had stormed Uga early in the morning and started shooting sporadically to scare off the residents. They were said to have dispossessed motorcycle operators of their bikes during the operation.

However, luck ran against one of their drivers, who was blocked by the youths and was arrested.

“We were many that came out but it was risky. When they saw the crowd, they became afraid even with their guns and ran away with their motorcycles they snatched from their owners.

“Immediately, other members of the gang fled with the snatched motorcycles as youths trooped out to confront them; the driver of the bus was trapped as the courageous youths used iron barricades to block the road.

“They rushed and apprehended the driver of the bus immediately. He helplessly alighted from the vehicle and attempted to escape into a nearby bush, but was caught.

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“One of his legs was almost cut off with a machete, while other injuries were inflicted on him. Those boys have dealt with us in Anambra,” the source said.

The suspect, it was gathered, revealed the identity of their leader and herbalist who prepares charms for the criminal gang.

The source disclosed that the crowd was shocked at the number of charms tied round his waist and his chest when he was stripped.

When contacted, Police spokesman in the State, Ikenga Tochukwu, however, told journalists that the matter had not been reported.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo said his administration was making efforts to ensure security of life and property in the state.

He spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Chris Aburime, immediately after the incident on Monday.

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