ABA — TWENTY suspected criminals are now in detention in Aba following a raid, yesterday, by the Police from Ariaria Division of the city on two Indian hemp spots said to be haven for notorious criminals within Ariaria International Market.
The arrest came barely one week after the Police from the Area Command in Aba raided a hotel which allegedly serves as criminals hide-out in the city centre where no fewer than 20 suspected criminals were apprehended.
The spots identified as ‘Black Kingdom’ at Samek by Old express road and ‘Snow White’ at Bakassi were all located near Ariaria International Market.
It was gathered that before the police raid, ‘Black kingdom’ was one of the areas where drug addicts in the city relocated after they were dislodged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, from their former location at ‘York’ at Park road.
It was further gathered that most criminals who operated within the commercial city usually gather at the two locations not only to smoke, but also to hatch plans on how to unleash terror on residents.
The operation was carried out in conjunction with policemen mobilised from other divisions in the Aba Area Command which led to the arrest of 20 suspects alleged to be members of robbery gangs which have been terrorizing the city of late .
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna described the raid as a proactive measure taken by the Police Command in the state to ensure that the state was free from all forms of criminality.
“We are raiding hideouts in a bid to ensure the society is being ridden off crimes and criminality because we know that those hideouts are possible places where all the hoodlums hide and from there, they go about to perpetrate their evil acts. So, police raiding hideouts is not out of place.
“It is a proactive measure adopted by the command in order to ensure that the state is free from crime and criminality, especially in Aba.
“If in the course of interrogation one is found culpable or cannot give an accurate account of him or herself, definitely, that person will be prosecuted if linked up with any crime. while those that can established their personality will be released.
Ogbonna however, urged the public to report promptly to the police any place(s) suspected to be hideout(s) for criminals, stressing that the police in the state has a zero tolerance for criminal activities in whatever disguise.