A gang of armed robbers who terrorized students at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu was smashed at the weekend by a combined police teams of Impact/Surveiliance and Operation Rescue.
The robbers had stormed the student nurses and medical students hostel in Orlu and ordered them to surrender their belongings, including phones, necklaces, eye glasses, perfumes and cash.
As the robbers operated, the students raised alarm, attracting the attention of the policemen on patrol.
The police team immediately swung into action and the robbers, on sighting them took to their heels, with the police giving them a hot chase. Three suspects, two of whom claimed to be students of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) were arrested.
One of the suspects (names withheld) who were paraded by police at the Imo State Police Command headquarters, Owerri, said that he was driven into crime by poverty.
One of the victims told newsmen that they were inside the hostel when the three young men broke into their rooms brandishing guns and asking them to release their belongings.
Items recovered from them included one locally made double barrel pistol without cartridge, two DVD sets, four mobile phones, necklace, eye glasses, perfumes and N38,050 cash.
While parading the suspects, the Imo State Police Commissioner, Muhammed Musa Katsina, warned kidnappers and robbers to quit or be caught.
The suspects will soon appear in court.