Police operatives attached to Imo State Command have arrested suspected armed political thugs said to have been employed to disrupt the just concluded February 25, presidential election in Ohaji/Egbema council area of the state.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the command, Henry Okoye, says the armed thugs were arrested during a raid of the Umorji country home of Hon. Kingsley Uju, representing Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal constituency in the National Assembly, Abuja.
He gave the names of the suspects as Henry Nwabueze, 40, a native of Umorji in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, Achor David, 45, from Onitsha Mgbara in Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Tochukwu Obiego, 40, a resident at Mgbara in Ohaji/Egbema. Others include Clinton Ezekwe, 49, a native of Ohaji/Egbeme LGA and Onuorah Raphael, 33, who hails from Ngor-Okpala LGA.
‘’Acting on Credible Intelligence that Hon Kingsley Uju, House Member representing Oguta/Ohaji-Egbema/Oru West Federal Constituency at the National Assembly hired mercenaries to heat up Polity and thwart the Presidential and National Assembly Elections schedule for 25th Feb, 2023 in the State, Operatives of the Command’s Tactical teams swiftly embarked on a raid exercise on 24/02/2023 at about 20:00 hrs , in the house of the said Hon Kingsley Uju at Umorji, Ohaji/Egbema, Imo State, heavily suspected to be used as an operational base for the suspected thugs to disrupt the electoral process”
Okoye said items recovered from them include one pump-action gun, three locally-fabricated guns, an HP printer, four laptop computers and documents containing registration details of voters in Oguta/Ohaji-Egbema/Oru West LGA. Other items recovered incriminating items are 50 live cartridges, one LG remote, a power bank, one walkie-talkie, three Laptop external keyboards, Toyota Camry with Registration number GWA574AZ and Toyota Corolla with Registration no NKK 837GK.
Eight mobile phones, a Belushi wristwatch, one ring and N15,000 cash were also recovered from them.