Police Nab Two Tricycle Snatchers


Two notorious suspects
who specialised in snatching tricyles in Enugu State and its environs have been nabbed by the Enugu police command.
Briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters on their major breakthrough, the Commissioner of Police Nwodibo Ekechukwu, gave their names as Kennedy Ihunegbo and Nonso Azubuike, who escaped a similar case at Keffi in Nasarawa State and relocated to Enugu in early January, 2016.
The commissioner stated that the two suspects,initially engaged in crimes of killing commercial motorcyclists in Abuja, that in 2014 they spread their operations to Nasarawa State.
According to the CP,the duo commenced operations in January 2016,by stopping and entering tricycles at gun point along Ogui and ordering the operator on each occasion to drop them at their purported building site  along Ugwuaji,off the Enugu-Port Harcourt way.
“The modus operandi of the duo was to ask each tricycle operator conveying them to drop them at their purported building site, normally in a lonely. They would then request the operator to carry blocks for them in the tricycle to another location. The tricycle operator would be hit by them with a very big iron hammer on the head repeatedly as he bent to carry the block till he died.
“This was the method used in killing their seven victims on two dates each in January and March,2016 at various times of the days. In an instance, the heads of victims were shattered. The two would therefore take away the victim’s tricycle and sell it. They forged a dealer’s receipt of DON Investment Limited Nnewi,to convince prospective buyers to purchase the tricycles.
“One Mr. Emmanuel Ani of No.3 Muluakor Street, Ogwogor, Abakpa Nike,Enugu and Oforbuike Eleke of Ngoigboukwu, Aguata, Anambra state, were among the prospective buyers of the seven robbed tricycles,which were sold for between 250,000.00 and 350,000.00,at Enugu and Nnewi.
The CP further disclosed that among the items recovered from the suspects were two of the seven robbed TVS tricycles, one Ford car with registration No. AJ 656 EKJ,the big iron hammer used for killing their victims,a shovel for digging the shallow graves.
He pointed out that one of the suspects, Kennedy Ihunegbo took ill and was taken to Enugu State University Teaching Hospital Parklane, where  he died while receiving treatment on March 19, 2016.
He said his corpse had been deposited at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital mortuary, Ituku