Nigeria Police Intercept 753 General-Purpose Machine Guns Ammunition in Abakaliki

The Nigeria Police on Sunday said intercepted 753 live ammunition of General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) concealed in a sack being transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State to Umuahia in Abia State.

Penpushing reports that, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba made this known in a statement, adding that the operatives  attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command carried out the operation, which he said was part of efforts to crack down on criminal network

‘The intelligence-driven covert operation, which led to the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition, is part of efforts by the Force to identify and crack down on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country. Comprehensive investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crime are ongoing’, Mba said.

Penpushing further reports that, the police spokesman said, in a similar development, following investigations into the foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State which occurred in January, 2021; police operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, on 29th April, 2021, stormed the criminal hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The Force Public Relations Officer said, the suspects on sighting the police squad, opened fire on them, adding that the police team engaged them gallantly and professionally, and at the end, three members of the gang including two male and one female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire.

Penpushing also reports that, Mba said other suspects fled in different directions, adding that two.  Ak47 riffles, five  pump action guns, six pistols, fifty  Ak47 ammunition, 126 cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered.

The police imagemaker added further that, a Honda Pilot Jeep with registration number ABJ 163 NV used for the foiled bank robbery was also recovered by the Police Team, adding that the police are unrelenting in their quest to apprehend the remaining suspects.

Penpushing reports that, he said the police team traced the suspects to a shrine where the robbers usually go for mystical powers before embarking on their robbery operations, adding that 2 of the suspects were eventually arrested from the supposedly safe haven – the shrine, which led to the arrest of additional three members of the gang.

The Force spokesman assured that efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and their spiritual godfather – the chief priest of the shrine, adding that the Inspector General of Police while commending the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, Aliyu Garba and officers of the command, for excellently harnessing intelligence to nip the crimes in the bud, assured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to improving public safety and combating all forms of violent crimes across the land.

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