Police kill three armed robbery suspects in Onitsha

The Anambra State Police Command said it shot dead three armed robbery suspects at Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State, on Thursday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this to newsmen in a statement in Awka, on Friday, said; at about 2:02 pm, 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 Nmandi “m” surname yet unknown of Chisco Park Upper Iweka Onitsha and robbed him of unspecified amount of money at gunpoint.

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He said the suspects on sighting the Police opened fire after which the police responded promptly. As a result, three male suspects whose identities are yet be ascertained were fatally wounded during the gun encounter. They were taken to the hospital for treatment but confirmed dead on arrival by the medical doctor while two others namely; Chigbo Igwe ‘m’ of New parts Market Nkpor aged about 25 years and Onyedika Okeke ‘m’ aged about 23years of Anieche Street Okpoko were arrested alive.

Meanwhile exhibits recovered from the suspects include cash sum of Nine hundred thousand Naira(900,000), 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, among other items and that case is under investigation after which the remaining suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

He said the Commissioner of Police Mr John Abang, has reassured the people of the state that the Command under his watch will continue to make Anambra State unbearable to the criminal elements until they repent or relocate from the State.