The suspected ring leader of killers the of one of the aides of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh, has been felled by police bullets.
The Delta State Police Command confirmed the killing in a statement on Wednesday.
Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh, before his brutal killing at Ekpan at the eve of the February 15, 2019, presidential and governorship elections, was the Special Assistant on Youth Development to Governor Okowa.
The statement gave the name of the mowed suspect as 27-year-old Ekugbe Kingsley, who’s the ring leader of an armed robbery and kidnapping gang, from Uwaise in Udu Local Government Area of the state.
DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, who signed the statement, said the gang leader of the notorious group was involved in the killing, kidnapping and robbing people of their belongings.
She said Suspect Ekugbe was felled on Saturday, November 30, 2019, through credible information and intelligence gathering, after being trailed by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Police Command to his hideout at Ubeji in Warri South Local Government Area.
“On sighting the Police, the suspect opened fire and the Police responded with superior firepower.
“In the ensuing gun battle, the suspect sustained gunshot wound. He was pursued, arrested and rushed to Police Clinic Warri.
“He was later confirmed dead at the hospital. One locally made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from him.
“The deceased was believed to be responsible for several killings, which included: the murders of one Obus Sophrum ‘m’ killed at Igbiki in Udu LGA on 29/08/2019, one Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh ‘m’ former SA to the Governor of Delta State killed in the month of February 2019 shortly before the 2019 general election and one Oghene killed at Iyara, Warri on 17/09/2019, amongst others.
“He has been on the blacklist of the Command and had been declared wanted for various crimes.
“The corpse has been deposited at the Central Hospital Mortuary in Agbor for autopsy,” she added while reiterating Police Command’s further commitment to the safety and security of all Deltans.