The two young boys who specialized in burgling resident’s shops after mastering how to open keys with knife, had rented an apartment in Gana area of Sapele before the girls whom one of them is dating – started living with them along with her friends.
The suspects who recently broke into a cassette store and were nabbed while they were about to begin their operation, usually operate at night when residents must have gone to sleep. The young boys and their girlfriends were placed in handcuffs as deliberations were made as to what to do to them, whether they should be taken to the police station or released.
This is coming few months after two 18-year-old boys, Isaac Obong and Daniel James, who were apprehended by the operatives of the Cross River State Police Command over their involvement in the robbery of a petrol station in Calabar, claimed that they were forced to join the robbery gang that carried out the raid.
The police had on June 9 arrested three suspected robbers after other members of the gang, still at large, robbed a filling station of N2m at gun point. Parading the suspects, with 50 others who were arrested for various crimes, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, said his men swung into action after receiving distress call from one Joseph Attoh, that armed robbers had raided his filling station.
He said, “On June 9, one Joseph Ogar Attoh (male) of number 26 IBB Way, Calabar, alleged that a gang of armed men came to his filling station at Mayne Avenue by Weber Street in Calabar to rob him of the sum of N2m.
“Three suspects were later arrested. They are Isaac Obong, Daniel James and Ofonime Ukpong. In a bid to recover the money and other incriminating items, search warrants were executed in their premises. The suspects have confessed to the crime and will soon be arraigned in court.”