Notorious armed robber shot dead in encounter with Police, AK-47 rifle recovered
Police operatives attached to Imo state Command have killed a notorious armed robber suspect after his gang forcefully snatched two motorcycles from their owners at Ohi and Egbada junction in Owerri West LGA of the State.
Command’s Spokesman Michael Abattam, disclosed this in a Press statement made available on Tuesday.
He said, “Sequel to a distress call from a robbed victim, on 21/11/2022 at about 2127 hours, that hoodlums numbering about three after snatching two motorcycles from their owners were seen between Ohi and Egbada junction in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, robbing innocent victims of their money and valuables.
“The Command’s Tactical Team, on receipt of the information, immediately mobilized to the scene. The hoodlums opened fire on sighting the operatives, who in turn, responded taking cover, and positioning themselves professionally. In the gun duel that ensued, one of the armed robbers was neutralized while others escaped on the snatched motorcycles with bullet wounds.
“The operatives then searched and recovered one fully loaded AK-47 rifle with double magazines belonging to the neutralized robber and one loaded locally made pistol with two cartridges suspected to have been abandoned by one of the fleeing robbers.
“The corpse was later removed and deposited at Federal Medical Centre mortuary while the operatives were on the trail of the fleeing suspects.
”The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, commended the officers and men for their gallantry and thanked Imolites for their cooperation and unalloyed supports. He then, assured them of the Command’s efforts in wiping out all criminal elements out of the State and urged them to report any person seen nursing or treating bullet injury to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency numbers: 08034773600 or 08098880197.”