The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a security guard alongside 4 others, for reportedly stealing musical and communication instruments belonging to Holy Ghost Cathedral Church, Enugu.
The security guard identified as Chukwuebuka Onwe, who had earlier absconded from his duty post at the cathedral after the police traced a stolen generator, also belonging to the church, to him, was apprehended on June 5, 2018, as he was transporting the stolen items, including amplifiers and speakers, to meet the prospective buyers in Anambra State.
It was gathered that the suspect, a native of Ebonyi State, who was declared wanted over the missing generator, escaped to an unknown destination until the police apprehended him with the stolen musical instruments along a road in Nkpor, Anambra State, on June 5.
Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, Enugu State Police PRO Mr. Ebere Amaraizu explained that the driver of a commercial bus, who Onwe paid to transport him and the stolen goods to Anambra State, gave the suspect away.
Onwe had reportedly stolen about 15 musical instruments from the church, which he sold to the buyers in Anambra before his arrest.
“On that fateful day (June 5) at about 4.15 am, the suspect, who had earlier broken into the cathedral without being noticed to steal the remaining sets of musical instruments, contracted the driver of a commercial bus to take him to Nkpor, in Anambra State, where he would sell the items.
“But the driver was so observant and noticed the inscription ‘Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu’ on the speakers and other sound systems which Onwe loaded in the bus.
“The driver, who suspected that the items may have been stolen, contacted police operatives who arrested the suspect around Nkpor, in Anambra State.
“After arresting Onwe, the police operatives in Nkpor got in touch with the Central Police Station, Enugu, which has been investigating the suspect’s criminal activities” Amaraizu said.