The operatives of the Imo State Police Command have raided the residence of a suspected kingpin of an armed robbery gang, Ebuka popularly known as ‘Small Witch’ after he escaped on sighting the police from afar.
Our correspondent gathered that the operatives recovered a large cache of arms from the house during the raid.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Michael Abattam disclosed this is a statement on Wednesday, November 1.
Abattam listed the weapons recovered from the residence of Ebuka in Oguta Local Government Area of the state to include three English-made pistols, forty-six (46) live GPMG ammunition and fifty-eight (58) live 7.62mm M240 machine gun ammunition, seventy-two (72) AK-47 rifle 5.56mm live ammunition.
Other items were two (2) empty pistol magazine, twenty three (23) live cartridges, thirty nine (39) .9mm ammunition, sixteen (16) live LAR rifle ammunition and one (1) damaged pistol magazine.
The rest were one (1) damaged G3 magazine, two (2) Itel handset, one (1) motorcycle, one (1) bicycle, three (3) television sets and his personal picture.
The police spokesman further informed that a member of the gang, Nnura Henry Afam, 34 years and native of Umuayata Village in Oguta Local Government Area who was earlier arrested led the police to the residence of the gang leader.
According to him, the investigating team of the police had swung into action after receipt of report of burglary by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO on October 26.
Abattam revealed that upon gathering credible intelligence, the police arrested Afam on October 27 and on interrogation, he confessed to the crime and revealed belonging to an armed robbery gang which Ebuka alias Small Witch is the head.
He added that Afam led the police to the residence of the Ebuka, who on sighting the police from afar locked his house and bolted from the rear of his house.
The spokesman said efforts are being made to intercept the fleeing Small Witch and other members of his gang.