Delta police kill suspected robber, recuperate weapons

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Operatives of Ekpan Divisional undercover surveillance patrol workforce have killed a suspected armed robber whereas one cut-to-size double-barrelled gun with two reside cartridges had been recovered from the hoodlum.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident occurred on May 31, 2024, at about 21.40 hours.

Police sources who spoke with our correspondent mentioned that the operatives whereas on a routine patrol alongside the Army Barracks Link Road, off Refinery Road, Ekpan, had been double-crossed by a tricycle with three occupants of their typical fashion of robbing harmless residents however on noticing they had been policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels.

However, the police gave them a scorching chase throughout which one of many suspects was arrested with a black bag. One cut-to-size double-barrelled gun with two reside cartridges was recovered within the bag.

Upon interrogation, PUNCH Metro gathered that the arrested suspect said that the 2 different suspects who escaped had been his gang members, and so they often double-crossed their victims, robbed them, and typically kidnapped them.

Following his confession, the suspect was taken to their hideouts, alongside the NNPC Link Road, the place he jumped into the bridge in an try to flee however was maimed by the police operatives.

The suspect was subsequently taken to the Ekpan General Hospital for treatment however was confirmed lifeless by the physician on responsibility.

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The police mentioned efforts to arrest different fleeing members of the gang had been ongoing.

In an identical improvement, on Sunday, at about 2315hrs, the Divisional Police Officer, Okpanam Division, reportedly acquired a misery name that some younger males numbering seven got here with two bikes and robbed one younger man (title withheld).

An announcement by the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, SP Bright Edafe, mentioned the DPO led operatives to the scene the place the suspects on sighting the DPO and his males took to their heels.

Six of the suspects escaped whereas one in every of them recognized as Emeka Okafor was arrested and the motorbike was recovered.

The police assertion famous that the manhunt for the fleeing suspects was ongoing.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Olufemi Abaniwonda, has counseled the DPO, Okpanam Division “for his swift response and dedication to duty” urging officers and males of the command to do the identical for his or her areas of accountability to be peaceable.”



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