Photo: Police rescue fraudsters from irate mob in Enugu
The Enugu State Police Command on Wednesday, say they rescued two suspected fraudsters and rapists from irate mob and lynching in the state.
The spokesperson for the Command, Asp. Ebere Amaraizu, said the suspects Monday Okoro and Chidiebere Oke were rescued by operatives of Trans Ekulu Division of Division of the Command on October 26, after defrauding and gangraping a female passenger. The third suspect is on the run after managing to escape from the scene.
“For suspects Monday Okoro who claimed he hailed from Obinkita Arochukwu Abia state, an ex-convict recently released from Enugu Prisons because of his nefarious activities and Cohort identified as Chidiebere Oke who also claimed he hailed from Onueke Village of Ebonyi state, there lives would have been caught shot by irate mob who had descended heavily on them thereby giving them beating of their lives because of their alleged nefarious activities of swindling their female victim of some amount of money and also gang raping her and later placed her on the virge of making payment to them anytime they call her, ” the statement reads.
Narrating her ordeal, the victim said she lost consciousness after boarding a commercial tricycle. Apart from the driver, there were two other occupants. Unknown to her, the trio are suspected fraudsters, who pose as Keke operative and passengers to enable them to get their victims.
“On that fateful day being 26/10/17 I came out from our street to Emeka Abalu in Phase Six Trans Ekulu Enugu to board a tricycle going to Enugu Town and unfortunately ran into this keke Napep with some boys and unknown to me that they are fraudsters and hoodlums operating as tricyclist and from there they started telling me that they are foreigners seeking for a certain address before I knew what was happening, I lost my consciousness and was taken to where I was gang Raped by three of them after collecting all the money in my possession” she narrated.
The victim added that they later left her at that place and left but continued calling her the following day with a threat that if the remaining balance of the money is not paid that the man that owns the chemical for the production of the currency will add another money and that will be too bad for them and that she should remember the oath taking of not revealing the transaction to anybody to avoid sudden death.
It was further gathered that following the incident, it was promptly reported to Trans Ekulu Division of the Nigeria Police Force Enugu state command who swung into action. While operatives were looking for them with their Keke, information got to them that same men have been uncovered by some angry mob around Park Avenue axis of the state and descended heavily on them thereby leaving them in a battered stage before the operatives got to the scene and discovered that they are the same people being looked for although the Keke driver had managed to escaped from the scene with his Keke before the irate mob.
“Suspects are helping the police operatives in their investigations in relation to their alleged fraudulent activities and Rape. They revealed that they usually hire Keke Napep and pretend as if they are Keke Napep operators within Sani Abacha Trans Ekulu and Phase six axis to enable them get their victims. Manhunt have been intensified against the fleeing Keke Napep driver.
“Meanwhile, the Command is advising members of the public to weary about the antics of the hoodlums who masquarade as keke Napep operators, Taxi cabs or okada riders with a view to wrecking havoc on law abiding members of the public.”