Men of the Nigerian police have caught an Imo State University undergraduate and his accomplice while they were robbing their victims with a toy gun.
Policemen in Imo state have arrested a 200 Level student of computer science at Imo State University, Owerri, Daniel Ikechukwu, 22 and his 18-year-old accomplice, Goodluck Kalu, on Tuesday night while robbing students of their phones, money and other valuables at gunpoint.
Punch reported that the incident took place along the IMSU front gate before the extension area of the varsity, between 9:30 pm and 10 pm.
A police source revealed that two of the suspected gunmen were caught, the leader of the gang escaped.
“We received a distress call from some student leaders that some boys were robbing students, mostly girls, of their money, phones and other valuables and we quickly moved operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the command to the scene.”
Confessing to the crime, the IMSU undergraduate regretted the act. He further said it was unfortunate that his younger colleague who led him into crime escaped.
“It was my younger colleague who is in year one that led me into crime.
“He uses fake gun to rob students, especially female students. He convinced me to join him. I recruited Goodluck, who was my neighbour. This is the second time we did it together.”
Kalu hails from Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Ikechukwu is an indigene of Ngor Okpala LGA, both in Imo State. The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike confirmed the incident and said the two boys were arrested and a fake metal they disguised as a gun which they used in instilling fears on their victims was recovered.
“This is one of the results of our overt and covert strategic policing. We are aware that some of the higher institutions in the state are writing their second semester and degree examinations.
“And we know that there would be upsurge in cult and crime-related activities on the campuses. We had to move our men to Imo State University, Federal University of Technology, Owerri; and Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, to deal with the situations.”