Ogwu said he had no girlfriend and felt like he was having sexual intercourse any time he picks a woman’s pant, even as he pleaded that the police should release him.
The suspect claimed he was not aware that his action was an offence until security operatives arrested him.
Speaking exclusively with the Southern City News, Ugwu said, “I didn’t know that it was an offence to take women’s pants. I don’t have any girlfriend. So, each time I am with any woman’s underwear, I feel like I am making love.
“That’s why I go about picking and keeping women’s pants. I didn’t know it was an offence until the police arrested me. Please, tell them to release me. I didn’t intend to steal those things. I think, it’s a spiritual problem,” he said.
Ugwu was among the 15 suspected cult members and armed robbers paraded at the state’s command headquarters last week.
He was also said to be involved in burglary and stealing from a shop of items valued at N500,000 along Emma Nnaemeka Street in Awka, the state capital.
Parading the suspects, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ali Okechukwu, thanked the people of the state for availing the police of useful information that resulted in the successes recorded by the command.
Also paraded was one Christopher Onwe, a 24-year-old man, said to have been arrested at Nkpo in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The PPRO said three of Onwe’s gang members were at large.
Okechukwu said, “They are members of Baggers Confraternity secret cult and four armed robbery gang terrorizing Nkpor/Obosi and Ogidi communities.
He identified items recovered from Onwe as four locally-made pistols, six live cartridges and two bags of Indian hemp.
The police spokesperson explained that at the same Nkpo, one Ugochukwu Nwagu ‘m’, 21 years and Ebuka Amaechi ‘m’, 18 years, were arrested while having their cult initiation meeting at a joint while other members took to their heels.
He said the suspects confessed to be members of Viking Confraternity, listing items recovered from them as two cut-to-size double-barrel gun and five cartridges.
Also paraded were four females, three of whom were secondary school students (names withheld).