Notorious armed robbers shot dead in Imo

Posted by News Express | 8 September 2021 | 1,580 times

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Police in Imo said they have gunned down two notorious armed robbers, whose gang had been terrorising residents of Obiakpo community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Mike Abattam, said the police tactical team, acting on intelligence, swooped on the hideout of the armed robbers and neutralized gang leader, Modestus Ugwuoha a.k.a “Modukpe”, and one other in a shootout.

He said other gang members escaped with bullet wounds, adding that police officers were on their trail.

According to Abattam, the gang masterminded the attack of Njaba Police Station and the killing of a Police Inspector.

The statement said, “On September 6, 2021, at about 8 pm, after a diligent gathering of credible information and technical intelligence, the command’s tactical teams mobilised to the camp of the terror group that has been terrorizing the people of Obiakpo community located in Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state.

“On approaching the terror camp, the hoodlums on sighting the command’s tactical teams shot at them, and there was an exchange of gunfire. Due to the superior firing power of the police, two of the hoodlums were neutralised while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. The gun of the neutralised hoodlums was recovered, a locally-made double barrel pump action gun.

“The community went on jubilation on hearing of the death of the two terror gangs. They identified him to be Modestus Ugwuoha a.k.a “Modukpe”, an escapee from Imo Correctional Centre Owerri, an ex-convict and the leader of the terror gang that have been violently robbing and raping women in their community while the other one was said to be one of his vicious gang members.

“It is on good record that, Modestus Ugwuoha a.k.a Modukpe ” and his terror gang masterminded the attack of Njaba Police Station and the killing of a Police Inspector. He has been on the wanted list of the Police Command for a very long time.

“Meanwhile, the command’s tactical teams are presently combing the bush in pursuit of the fleeing bandits and for the possible recovery of their arms,” the statement said.

 (Daily Trust)

Source: News Express

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