Constable Shedrack Igwe of the armory section of MOPOL Base 28, Umuahia, Abia State, has been arrested with five AK-47 rifles he allegedly stole from the armory.
Constable Igwe who was reported to have carted away the rifles from the armoury with the help of others, unnoticed was later arrested in Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi State where he hails from.
He committed the act on March 2 after which he fled to Ebonyi State.
Two days later, a combined team of police officers from Abia and Ebonyi States arrested and moved him to Abia State Police Command for investigation.
The five AK-47 rifles were recovered from him in his home town.
Constable Igwe is suspected to have stolen many more rifles which he may have sold out.
The officer was said to have used the proceeds from the sales of the stolen rifles for a recent purchase of three new tricycles for commercial purposes. He gave the tricycles to his brother identified as Ifeanyi Igwe.
An official in one of the security agencies in Ebonyi State said, “The development portrays lack of proper vetting and supervision on the side of the Nigerian police because the subject was just a constable and was not supposed to be manning a sensitive section like armory in a security agency like the police.