Two teenagers have been paraded on Tuesday, June 12 by the Imo state police command for attempted robbery and they said they attempted to rob to raise their WAEC fees . The teenagers pleaded with the police to be lenient with them. The commissioner of police in the state, Dasuki Galandanchi paraded the suspects, two teenagers – Emmanuel Ewudo, Chinwe Nwanne (15), and 23 others for attempted robbery, kidnapping and burglary, NAIJ.com notes that Galandanchi said that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation. According to one of the suspects, Ewudo, they attempted the crime because they needed money to register for the West Africa Certificate Examination. The boys are students of Bishop Shina-Hand College in Orlu. He said: “Please help us beg the police not to kill us, we are sorry for breaking into somebody’s house, we were trying to raise funds to register for the West Africa Certificate Examination.” According to the commissioner of police the duo broke into the residence of one Chigozie Ohajiogu in Akokwa, Ideato North local government area of Imo state with the intent to rob her, but her cry made the suspects to flee. Galandanchi said that they returned in about 45 minutes later but escaped being arrested by policemen that had come to secure the area, adding that they were arrested in their school. The other suspect, Nwaane, said: “Yes we are students. My father has been bedridden and in hospital and unable to pay my WAEC fees, I begged my friend to accompany me somewhere. We went to rob the woman but we were not successful. “We were caught one day after. We are very scared, we don’t want to be killed but we know that it is wrong to break into somebody’s house.” According to Galandanchi, a total of 45 suspected criminals had so far been arrested, five kidnap victims were rescued.
He also said that six stolen vehicles, 17 telephone handsets and one laptop were recovered from the suspects. He said: “At least, 24 of them were arrested for armed robbery, 12 people for kidnapping; eight for cultism and one for child trafficking. Eleven others were arrested for unlawful possession of firearms, three caught for stealing electric cables belonging to communities and one for internet fraud.”
Credit : Naij.com