ANAMBRA BILLIONAIRE, Chief NWEKE ARRESTED WITH UNLICENSED GUN.
One of the richest men in Anambra State and the Chairman of Best Aluminium Ltd, Chief G O Nweke has been arrested with an unlicensed gun.
The native of Abba was arrested on Friday, 5th June, at Awada Onitsha, Anambra state in his Lexus Jeep with a covered plate number and was taken to Central Police Station Onitsha, after he was moved to Abuja, where he is being detained pending further investigations.
He was arrested by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Special Tactical Squad (STS) in Onitsha Anambra state for illegal possession of firearm (shortgun) and 10 round of ammunition.
In Nigeria, based on a recent law, only the president that can grant license for a short gun.
Meanwhile, his kinsmen in Abba Dunukofia local government area of the state in a statement signed by Engr. C. Anaekwe, the President General, Abba Town Union accused Prince Arthur Eze of masterminding the arrest and parading of Pius Nweke because of the land dispute between Abba and Ukpo communities.
The kinsmen stated that Chief Nweke was abducted by the Nigerian police on Friday at about 12 noon on his way to his office in Onitsha and his whereabouts is not known, apart from his handcuffed pictures in social media with a police station background.
The Abba community has been in dispute over ownership of a large expanse of land commonly called “Agu-Abba” with her neighboring Ukpo community for which the Nigerian police was enlisted against the Abba community by Prince Arthur Eze. Since June 2019 citizens of the Abba community have been subjected to police intimidation, harassment, and victimization with not less than 19 citizens of the Abba community charged to Courts for offenses ranging from obstruction to armed.
At present, two out of the five persons arrested on 18th December 2019 in the Magistrate Court, Umudioka are still in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
“The Abba community hereby places the world on notice that should anything happen to Chief Pius Nweke, the Nigerian police under IGP Mohammed Adamu and Prince Arthur Eze are to be held responsible. The Nigerian police should not reduce itself to a private thug. President Mohammadu Buhari is called upon to safe Abba community from the Nigerian police” it stated.
The Anambra State Police commissioner, Mr. John Abang confirming the arrest and parade of chief Pius Nweke said police from STS, Onitsha while on a routine patrol arrested him with a pistol.
Police from IGP STS in Onitsha, while on a routine patrol at Awada area saw a Lexus Jeep whose plate number was not covered, stopped it and searched the vehicle and the occupant, on the process a short gun was found on him with 10 rounds of ammunition.
On interrogation, the person in the car was one Pius Nweke and he was taken to custody and subsequently moved to Abuja for further investigation ” he said.