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Police Operatives Gun Down, Rescue Two Robbery Suspects from Irate Mob in Anambra



By Praise Chinecherem 

Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have gunned down two members of armed robbery gang along Obosi Nkpor road, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

The Police command said, in a statement issued through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, that the hoodlums were killed during a gun battle.

Ikenga, a DSP officer, revealed that one pump action, locally fabricated pistol and red Toyota Corolla vehicle with registration numbers
AKD 303 DW were recovered from the hoodlums.

He said that police operatives also rescued two suspects from mob action along Zik’s Avenue Awka. He said the suspects were caught armed with a locally made pistol, in attempt to dispossess a young lady of her cash, after withdrawing money from ATM. 

According to Ikenga, the suspects were already beaten to stupor by the angry mob before they were rescued, adding that one locally made pistol and one live cartridge were recovered from them.

He said, “Anambra State Police Operatives while on patrol along Obosi Nkpor road by Obosi town hall at about 11:39pm on June 26, 2022, accosted a gang of armed men in white Toyota Hiace bus, red Toyota Corolla and a motorcycle. 

“The Operatives engaged the armed men in a gun battle, neutralized two of the hoodlums and recovered one pump action, one locally fabricated pistol and red Toyota Corolla with registration number AKD 303 DW. 

“During the gun duel with the hoodlums, the superior fire power of the operatives made the assailants fled the scene with the Toyota Hiace bus and a motorcycle.

“Meanwhile, Police has intensified patrol in the area and improved operational positioning to respond to distress calls especially aimed at arresting other fleeing gang members.

“In another development, the operatives at about 11pm on 26/6/2022 while on patrol along central school road, Umusiomen Nkpor, Ogidi recovered a white mercedes benz 350 with registration number RSH 836 BE suspected to have been abandoned by criminal elements.

“Also, Police Operatives at about 4:30pm on 28/6/2022 rescued two suspects namely: one Okoye Stephen aged 19years and Chukwuemeka Nwudo age 27years from mob action along Zik’s Avenue Awka.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng while charging the Operatives to sustain the tempo on the fight against violent crimes in the State, reiterates the advocacy against mob action/jungle justice. 

“He also encouraged the public to take suspects to police stations whenever they are apprehended, this will help the Police to conduct proper investigations into the activities of the suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws.”

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