TWENTY suspected criminals are now in detention in Aba following a
raid, yesterday, by the Police from Ariaria Division of the city on
two Indian hemp spots said to be haven for notorious criminals within
Ariaria International Market.
The arrest came barely one week after the Police from the Area Command
in Aba raided a hotel which allegedly serves as criminals hide-out in
the city centre where no fewer than 20 suspected criminals were
The spots identified as 'Black Kingdom' at Samek by Old express road
and 'Snow White' at Bakassi were all located near Ariaria
It was gathered that before the police raid, 'Black kingdom' was one
of the areas where drug addicts in the city relocated after they were
dislodged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, from
their former location at 'York' at Park road.
It was further gathered that most criminals who operated within the
commercial city usually gather at the two locations not only to smoke,
butalso to hatch plans on how to unleash terror on residents.
The operation was carried out in conjunction with policemen mobilised
from other divisions in the Aba Area Command which led to the arrest
of 20 suspects alleged to be members of robbery gangs which have been
terrorizing the city of late .
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna
described the raid as a proactive measure taken by the Police Command
in the state to ensure that the state was free from all forms of
"We are raiding hideouts in a bid to ensure the society is being
ridden offcrimes and criminality because we know that those hideouts
are possible places where all the hoodlums hide and from there, they
go about to perpetrate their evil acts. So, police raiding hideouts is
not out of place.
"It is a proactive measure adopted by the command in order to ensure
that the state is free from crime and criminality, especially in Aba.
"If in the course of interrogation one is found culpable or cannot
give an accurate account of him or herself, definitely, that person
will be prosecuted if linked up with any crime. while those that can
established their personality will be released.
Ogbonna however, urged the public to report promptly to the police any
place(s) suspected to be hideout(s) for criminals, stressing that the
police in the state has a zero tolerance for criminal activities in