The Abia State Police Command has paraded a dismissed soldier, one Okezie Chukwuebuka, and other members of his gang for allegedly dispossessing a resident of his cell phone valued at N28,000.
The incident, according to police, took place on June 12, 2017 along Uzuakoli Road Umuahia.
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said the victim, Stephen Nwokoma, promptly reported the incident to the police who swung into action and arrested one of the gang members who later led the police to their hideout.
The Police said that the dismissed soldier was picked up in a hotel with his girlfriend and a female member of the gang.
Items recovered from them included two pairs of army uniform, different cheque leaflets and Automated Teller Machine cards belonging to different people believed to be the gang’s victims.
The prime suspect, Chukwuebuka, said he was dismissed from the Army in 2016 because he ran away from Boko Haram insurgents at the battle field in Damasak, Maiduguri.
The Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia born ex-soldier who was recruited in the Army in 2014 said he fled from the frontline because he was left to face Boko Haram terrorists without weapons.