- A police constable, Shedrack Igwe, has been arrested for stealing rifles
- Officer Igwe who works with the Abia police command was arrested in Ebonyi where he fled after stealing the rifles
- The incident has been confirmed by the police commissioner in Ebonyi state
Shedrack Igwe, a police officer in Abia state, has been arrested for allegedly stealing at least five AK-47 rifles from the armoury section of MOPOL Base 28, Umuahia, where he is working.
Premium Times reported that Igwe who is a constable allegedly stole the rifles with the help of others who are yet to be named.
Legit.ng gathers that he stole the rifles on Tuesday, March 2, and fled to Ebonyi state, his home state, where he was later arrested by a combined team of police officers from Abia and Ebonyi states.
The five AK-47 rifles were recovered from him in his home town while he was moved to Abia state police command for investigation.
The officer was said to have used the proceeds from the sales of the stolen rifles to buy three new tricycles for commercial purposes.
Though the Abia state police command's spokesman declined to comment on the matter, the incident was said to have been confirmed by the commissioner of police in Ebonyi.
The Ebonyi police commissioner, Aliyu Garba, said his command only assisted the Abia command in the arrest and recovery of the rifles, adding that it is the Abia command that can give a full account of the incident.
In a related development, a Nigerian soldier and his girlfriend have been apprehended for supplying materials to the bandits in Zamfara state.
Bashir Maru, deputy chief of staff to the governor of the state, Bello Matawalle, confirmed this on Friday, March 5, in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
According to Maru, the suspects were recently caught supplying ammunition and military uniforms to armed bandits.
This information was contained in a statement released by the NPF spokesman, CP Frank Mba on Thursday, February 25, and seen by Legit.ng.
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