- Police have reported the disappearance of three suspected robbers in army uniform from police custody
- The suspects Olisa Dominic, Friday Nwali and Nwanosike Isaac, were reportedly arrested by a vigilance group in the area known as Obosi Vanguard at Little Wood Estate
- They escaped shortly after they were handed over to the police by the vigilance group, Obosi Youth Vanguard
Three suspected armed robbers, wearing army uniform, have escaped from police cell on Thursday, August 23, in Obosi, Idemili north local government area of Anambra state, Southern City News reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the suspects, whose names were given as Olisa Dominic (18), Friday Nwali (19) and Nwanosike Isaac, were reportedly arrested by a vigilance group in the area known as Obosi Vanguard at Little Wood Estate.
The suspects were said to be getting ready to start their operation when the vigilante group alerted the Obosi Youth Vanguard, a youth organisation established to help rid the community of criminals, to come and take the suspects for onward transfer to the police
The suspects escaped shortly after they were handed over to the police by the vigilance group.
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A source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the community was living in fear after the development.
“We are living in fear and danger now. We can’t understand how some suspects arrested by our vigilantes would escape after they were duly handed over to the police. Something is wrong somewhere. We no longer sleep with our eyes fully closed because anything can happen anytime. We don’t know who to trust again,” the source stated.
The president of the group, Oluchukwu Anyaoku, addressing newsmen said he got the information of the arrest while at work and had to send his deputy, Chimezie Ononwu, who took the suspects to the community town hall for transfer to Ogidi police area command.
“As the suspects were kept at the hall, waiting for the handover to the Ogidi Police Area Command, the police from Obosi led by one Ovat, a sergeant, with some boys came and took the suspects to Obosi Police Station and since then, we have not known their whereabouts.
“It is the Obosi police that will tell the world the whereabouts of the suspects. We are a non-violent group and do not want to have any misunderstanding with the police and that was why we handed the suspects over to them.
“It is left for the police at Obosi to tell the people, the public and the world the whereabouts of the three suspects in army uniform arrested with cutlasses; the police have to produce the suspects."
Garba Umar, the Anambra state commissioner of police, said he had directed immediate investigation into the matter.
NAIJ.com previously reported that four robbery suspects arrested in Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi state were paraded by the Nigeria Army on Saturday, July 28.
The public relations officer of the Command Army Records, Lokoja, Capt. Nick Ejeh, while parading the suspects said that they were in military uniform when they were arrested.
According to him the suspects were identifed as Japhet Ataem, Saviour Daower, Joseph Usar and Isaac Danold, all from Guma local government area of Benue state.
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