THE Police in Enugu State, on Saturday, said they had smashed a highway robbery suspects disguising as soldiers at the Nsukka axis of Enugu-Makurdi road.
The police said they recovered two double-barreled guns fabricated as AK-47 rifle, money, a pair of boots, torches, among others.
The police spokesman in the state, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the hoodlums were dressed in military camouflage.
“The Police Counter Terrorism Unit Axis received a distress call on Thursday that hoodlums had blocked the road by Inyi in Igboeze North and wreaking havoc on their victims.
“The unit swung into action promptly which resulted in exchange of fire. One of the hoodlums was fatally injured and later confirmed dead by a doctor.
“Another hoodlum identified as Godwin Okpe from Ogbadigbo in Benue State dressed in camouflage is also fatally injured and being revived to aid operatives in their investigation. Others escaped with bullet wounds,” Amaraizu added.
He appealed to members of the public particularly hospital operators to watch out for any one with bullet injury and report promptly to any nearby police station.
Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, applauded the effort of the policemen.
Ojukwu said that the command would continue to maintain functional security for members of the public as well as motorists in the state.
In a related development, police in Kaduna State on Saturday said it arrested seven suspected armed robbers terrorising residents of Kaduna.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Aliyu Usman, told the NAN in Kaduna that the suspects were arrested at Unguwar Sarki and Narayi all in Kaduna metropolis.
Usman said victims reported to the police on October 8, while the seven suspects were arrested on the October 13 and 14 by the command’s State Intelligence Bureau.
According to him, one of the suspects is still at large and efforts are on to arrest him and other accomplices.
“Four plasma television sets and three mobile phones were recovered from the suspects. The suspects confessed to have committed the crime. Investigation is still ongoing and they will be charged to court for prosecution,” Usman said.