Imo students confess to engaging in robbery to raise exam fees

The Imo State Commissioner of Police , Mr Dasuki Galandanchi , on Tuesday paraded two teenagers, Emmanuel Ewudo, and Chinwe Nwaane , ( 15 ) , and 23 others for attempted robbery, kidnapping and burglary .

Parading the suspects , the police boss said the command would charge them to court after investigation .

But one of the suspects , Ewudo pleaded for leniency , adding that they attempted the crime because they were trying to raise funds to register for the West Africa Certificate Examination .

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 .”

The boys , who are students of Bishop Shina- Hand College in Orlu , said that their quest to pay for the WACE fees led them into crime.

Galandanchi said the duo broke into the residence of one Mrs . Chigozie Ohajiogu in Akokwa , Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State with the intent to rob her .

Her cry , according to Galandanchi , made the suspects to flee, adding that they returned in about 45 minutes later but escaped being arrested by policemen that had come to secure the area .

He said they were nabbed 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 .”

Meanwhile , the police commissioner disclosed that a total of 45 suspected criminals had so far been arrested .

“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,” he said .

Galadinchi disclosed that five kidnap victims were rescued while six stolen vehicles 17 telephone handsets and one laptop were recovered from the suspects .

Amongst the suspects paraded for kidnapping was one Patrick Ogidi who specialised in kidnapping elderly persons aged 80 years and above , whose children were forced to pay ransom .

Ogidi , who hails from Obiagbu in Ohaji -Egbema LGA said he preferred to kidnap octogenarians because they are frail and would not give him any concerns over escape .

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