Police operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have recovered a trailer loaded with cement. The Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye has ordered a manhunt of the suspects.
The trailer-load of cement which was said to have been stolen from Delta State was found in Okija area of the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State on Saturday.
The trailer marked AKU 247 XB was conveying about 1,000 bags of Bua cement, when it was hijacked at gunpoint by some yet-to-be-identified persons at Obiliokite in Delta state, on Friday.
However, it was recovered on Saturday by the police operatives attached to Area Command headquarters in Ihiala in collaboration with operatives of Anambra State Vigilante in Okija.
The state Police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday night.
He said the armed criminals on sighting the joint patrol teams along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway pulled off the road at Okija, abandoned the truck and fled.
According to him, “Police operatives attached to Area Command Headquarters, Ihiala, working with operatives of Anambra State Vigilante in Okija, on 15/7/2023, recovered One HOWO trailer with registration number: Delta AKU 247 XB conveying 1,000 bags of Bua cement.
“Information revealed that the truck was hijacked at gunpoint by yet unidentified persons on 14/07/2023 at Obiliokite in Delta state.
“The armed criminals on sighting the joint patrol comprising of the police and vigilantes along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway pulled off the road at Okija, abandoned the truck, and fled.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye has ordered a manhunt for the gunmen. He called on locals within the area to help with any useful information that will help in apprehending the fleeing suspects. The CP assured that any information given in this regard shall be treated with the confidentiality it deserves.
“Members of the public who have useful information on criminals and/or their activities are encouraged to call the Control room number 07039194332.
“Also, the recovered consignment has been released to the rightful owner on the Instruction of the Commissioner of Police,” Ikenga said.
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