No fewer than 19 suspects responsible for various notorious crimes in Imo State and its environs were on Monday paraded at the state Police Command Headquarters.

Among the suspects was Chukwuemeka Eze, who allegedly murdered a Youth Corps member, who just passed out of service after raping her.

Police spokesman Frank Mba said the suspect “brutally raped and murdered the 27- year-old victim and subsequently buried her remains in a shallow grave to conceal the crime”.

“The suspect after committing the crime took the victim’s phone to unlock, but the repairer contacted the Police and he was arrested and, thereafter, he confessed to the crime and took operatives to where he buried the victim,” he said.

Also paraded were members of a notorious kidnap syndicate operating in the dreaded Awara forest in Ohaji-Egbema Council Area of Imo State.

According to Mbah, the syndicate was busted during an operation that lasted over eight hours in the forest, following which seven victims were rescued.

He said three members of the gang were killed in a duel with the Police, and two others were arrested.

“We are here to showcase the sterling achievements of the Imo State Police Command under the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo. The Command has made a major breakthrough by storming a forest in Ilile village in Ohaji-Egbema and busted a notorious kidnap syndicate and rescued seven victims, three of the kidnappers, who engaged the operatives in a gun duel were cut down by our superior fire power, while two were arrested,” he said.

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