The Abia State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded six suspects arrested for various criminal offences.
The state commandant, Vincent Ogu (JP), while speaking to newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Umuahia, said the suspects were arrested at different times and locations for their alleged involvement in crimes ranging from kidnapping to willful vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructures as well as illegal dealing in petroleum products.
According to Mr Ogu, one of the suspects was arrested for his alleged involvement in kidnapping following a petition written against him upon which the command mounted surveillance on his activities.
He was arrested on December 20, 2020 at about 1142 hours at Mbutu Nta, Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area.
The suspect is reported to have received ransom on a number of occasions from families of kidnap victims.
A search conducted in his house revealed that he was also involved in many other criminal activities including petroleum pipeline vandalism as proved by the exhibits found.
The commandant also said five suspects were arrested by his men on different dates and in different locations for their alleged involvement in illegal dealing in petroleum products.
Three of them were arrested along Ubakala Junction of the Enugu/Portharcourt Express Way on December 8, 2020 at about 2015 hours while conveying over 1,250 litres of suspected adulterated DPK (kerosene) and AGO (diesel) in different compartments of the same truck.
The other suspects, a 40-year-old male and a 39-year-old female were arrested on December 23, 2020 at about 1700 hours at Umuikaa Junction along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway while conveying about 1,200 litres of suspected adulterated AGO in two passenger cars.
The NSCDC boss assured that the fight against all forms of criminal activities in the state is total, hence criminals have been advised to turn a new leaf or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.