The Imo State Police Command has made a big breakthrough by arresting one of the most wanted serial killers in Owerri.
After being on the wanted list of the Imo State Police Command for so many years, a 24-year-old armed robbery and serial killer suspect, Somadina Uzoho alias Zidane, has been arrested after a gun battle.
South East News reports that Zidane was arrested by a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] of the Command led by its Commander, Godfrey Victor, following a long hunt for him that took operatives to different parts of the country and even as far as Ghana.
A statement released by the Command disclosed that Zidane, a dropout from the Department of Electrical Electronics from Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, had escaped to Ghana in 2012 after allegedly engaging in deadly criminal operations.
A police source who confirmed the arrest of the bandit said:
“He was arrested in Egbu in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State on July 28 following intelligence information.
We equally picked his accomplices from various locations. The gang was a group of cultists belonging to the Vikings Confraternity from the Imo State University, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede and some street touts.
They were responsible for the killing of a police inspector, one Inspector Offor, some time ago. Zidane was involved in an armed robbery at Royce in the state capital. He and another suspect escaped while two others that were caught were set ablaze by the people.”
It was gathered that Zidane who claimed that he was a footballer, shot a member of the Aye Confraternity cult group following a disagreement between his cult and the rival cult members.
“The town is calm now following their arrest. People are happy with the development. They rob students of their phones on a daily basis; they carry out their lawless operations at funerals.
He (Zidane) doesn’t waste time in shooting because of his diminutive stature. If you underrate him, he fires immediately,” the police source added.
During his interrogation, Zidane who said that he was tired of committing crimes, explained that he had escaped to Ghana in 2012 when the heat became too much for him, adding that his absconding to Ghana made him to lose his place at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.
He, however, denied committing murder but acknowledged that he shot one rival cult member when there was an inter-cult clash between the warring groups.
Confirming the arrest, the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said the Command has been carrying out a mop up operation and cleaning of the state, vowing that there will be no room for criminals and criminality as long as he remains the CP.
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