A 27-year-old dismissed Nigerian soldier identified as Peter Gaura, an indigene of Kogi State has been arrested for alleged armed robbery, while one of the gang member that robbed a shop at Ikenegbu Area of Owerri, Imo state capital was killed
Penpushing reports that the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer Henry Okoye, disclosed this at a press conference held at the Police Command Headquarters on Saturday, adding that one other suspect Joshua Promise (25) who hails from Delta State was also arrested
The police spokesperson who is assistant superintendent of police, said the arrest of the two suspects and killing of one of them followed a distress call at about 1:00 p.m. that the hoodlums were robbing a shop in the area.
Penpushing further reports that Okoye said the suspects, armed with sophisticated weapons and numbering about seven, operated in white Toyota Hilux truck with its number plate covered, stating that on sighting the police operatives immediately opened fire.
The Police Public Relations Officer said the armed robbers were overwhelmed by the dexterity showcased by the operatives as well as the superior fire power of the operatives which forced these hoodlums to flee with various degrees of gunshot injuries
Penpushing also reports that he said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Barde, consequently mobilised and personally led the tactical team of the police to the scene of the attack, which eventually led to the arrest.
‘The hoodlums, on sighting the police operatives, immediately opened fire but were overwhelmed by the dexterity showcased by the operatives as well as the superior fire power of the operatives which forced these hoodlums to flee with various degrees of gunshot injuries,” he said.
“In the process (during the shoot-out), one of them was gunned down while the two suspects that we paraded today were arrested. Two pump action guns, four locally made pistols with eight rounds of live cartridges and one expended cartridge were among the items recovered from the suspects’, he said.
Penpushing reports that the police said other exhibits recovered were two pairs of military underwear, two pairs of special forces’ underwear, face masks, school bags, pieces of jewelry worth millions of naira, and the truck used by the suspects in the robbery.
The police image maker disclosed that as at the time of filing this report the body of the slain suspect was immediately deposited at a morgue while the other two suspects arrested by the operatives were being investigated.
Penpushing further reports that Okoye declared that on completion of investigation the suspects would be arraigned, adding that the Commissioner of Police commended the operatives for successfully tracking down the hoodlums.
The Commissioner, however, urged the operatives to sustain the fight against criminals in the state, and equally enjoined residents to continue to support the police with actional intelligence that will help the police in tracking down more crime suspects in the state.
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