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Police arrest of Community leader over alleged vandalism palm oil estate in Abia

The Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia, has confirmed the arrest of the President General of Okon Aku community in Ohafia council area, Abia state, Mr Mecha Ume, over alleged vandalism of equipment at a palm oil estate located in the community belonging to the state government.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Zone 9, Umuahia, DSP Bruno Iheanetu, disclosed that Mecha and another suspect who was arrested last Saturday allegedly fingered the community President General in the matter.

Nigeriacrime.com had reported that three suspects were earlier arrested by soldiers attached to the 14 Brigade, Ohafia, while loading the vandalized equipment into a waiting truck inside the palm estate.

They were handed over to the Zone 9 Police Command for further investigation.

The PPRO further stated that the investigation is still ongoing.

The palm oil estate was established in 1961, by the Eastern Region Estate Investment, EREI, during the regime of Dr. Michael Okpara as the Premier of the defunct Eastern Region.

In a related development, the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Forty-eight suspected internet fraudsters and herbalist for offences bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

Nigeriacrime.com learned that the suspects were arrested upon credible intelligence on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at various locations in Lokoja.

Confirming the arrest, Head of Media, Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Dele Oyewale, the herbalist, believed to be a spiritual godfather of internet fraudsters, was also arrested with various charms.

According to Oyewale, “Items recovered from them include 10 exotic cars, two motorcycles, 11 laptops, 83 mobile phones and charms.”

“The suspects, all male, between the ages of 17 -34 will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

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