Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Police operatives in Anambra State have arrested six members of a notorious criminal gang that has been terrorising Eziowelle community and its environs.
Ikengaonline gathered that members of the notorious gang have been involved in kidnapping, robbing, intimidating and harassing people of the community.
They were also alleged to have broken into homes of prominent individuals to steal properties, rape female members of their families and kidnapped others who were later forced to part with huge sums of money as ransom.
Sources said they made the town so hot that indigenes of the town ran away from their homes for fear of being kidnapped and forced to pay ransom.
According to a source, some of their victims were not only abducted at midnight but were also tortured, harassed and intimidated into parting with huge sums of money to buy their freedom
The source said the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, on getting wind of the situation in the town, swiftly directed his men to swing into action and round up all the criminals involved in the nefarious acts.
Their operations reportedly paid off after operatives of the state command stormed the town and rounded up the suspects.
Recovered from the daredevil members of the gang were weapons which include pump action rifles and other dangerous weapons which they used for their operations.
This, according to sources, was after they gave the police team stiff resistance and confronted them with hot exchange of firepower that lasted for hours.
It was gathered that the police team succeeded in routing them and arrested six of their kingpins while others escaped with serious bullet wounds.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer Tochukwu Ikenga has confirmed the report and said investigation is continuing in the area.