Posted by News Express | 14 February 2020 | 516 times
Three members of a gang of five suspected armed robbers were on Thursday gunned down following a duel with police operatives in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.
The suspects were said to have robbed one Nnamdi of unspecified amount of money at gunpoint at Fegge Housing Estate, Onitsha.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said: “Today 13/2/2020 at about 2:02pm,the Command Puff-Adder operatives in conjunction with patrol team attached to Fegge Division responded to a distress call at Federal Housing Estates Fegge, Onitsha and rounded up a five man robbery gang who allegedly attacked one Nnamdi “m” surname yet unknown of Chisco Park Upper Iweka in Onitsha and robbed him of unspecified amount of money at gunpoint.”
SP Haruna Mohammed said the suspects on sighting the police, opened fire and the police responded promptly.
According to him, three of the suspects whose identities are yet to be ascertained were fatally wounded during the gun encounter.
The PPRO said that the suspects were taken to the hospital for treatment but confirmed dead on arrival by the medical doctor while two others, namely, Chigbo Igwe of New Parts Market Nkpor, aged about 25 years, and Onyedika Okeke (said to be about 23-year-old and a resident of Anieche Street Okpoko) were arrested alive.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include the sum of N900,000, one cut to size double barrel gun, one single barrel gun, seven live cartridges, two expended cartridges, a gold ring and four different types of handsets.
Mohammed added that case is under investigation after which the remaining suspects would be charge to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police (CP) John Abang, has reassured residents of Anambra State that the Command under his watch will continue to make the state unbearable to the criminal elements until they repent or relocate from the state.
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