by Akan Ido
A 28-year-old man, Uchenna Otingwu who is allegedly in the habit of dispossessing travellers of their valuables and cash has been arrested by the police as he tried to rob Markudi- Enugu express way with a wooden gun.
The unrepentant suspect who is also a carpenter said he hailed from Achara-Ohodo in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Otingwu also disclosed to the police that he robbed alongside two other men, Dada Ugwuisi and Onowu Agbo, both from the same Ohodo community.
The suspect told Crime Guard that three of them have been engaged in high- way robbery for quite sometime, but regretted that people do not travel with enough cash as they got about N1000 in their first attempt and N5000 plus in second attempt before luck ran out of them in their third attempt as the Nsukka military patrol team intercepted them while they were flashing torch lights to unsuspecting vehicles.
The suspect said that two of his colleagues fled as soon as they noticed the military men while he was caught with the fabricated wooden gun, explaining that the fleeing Onowu Agbo is a professional casket maker while Dada Ugwuisi is a driver.
“I went into highway robbery business because I was not meeting up financially to take care of my needs together with my aged mother. I dropped out of Ohodo Community Secondary School in JS II when my father died and there was no money to continue with my studies. My poor condition took me to robbery together with the other two now at large. We used the wooden gun because we had not made enough money to procure dangerous weapon,” he stated.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, a senior police officer at Nsukka told Crime Guard that the military patrol team intercepted the robbers while in operation at Ohodo off Makurdi-Enugu express way. He said that during interrogation, the suspect confided in detectives that his claim of being a carpenter is false because he has a big provision shop at Ohodo along the express road. Meanwhile, the suspect has been transferred to the Special Ant-robbery Squad,SARS,Enugu for further investigation.