Charles Nwoke, Awka, Nigeria
November 14, 2020
Two suspected hoodlums operating on a motorcycle along with St Stephen’s, by Ibekwe Street, Inland town, Onitsha, have been reportedly killed after a gun duel with men of the Nigerian Police Force, Anambra State Command.
SP Haruna Mohammed, the Anambra State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, in a Press release made available to newsmen in Awka, said the suspects opened fire on the police operatives who confronted them after receiving a distress call from concerned Nigerians.
In a statement, Mr. Mohammed said, “On the 12/11/2020, at about 4:45 pm, there was a distress call that two suspected armed robbery gangsters were operating on a motorcycle along with St Stephen’s by Ibekwe Street, Inland town, Onitsha.
“Following the distress call, police operatives attached to the Area Command, Onitsha, in conjunction with Adonidu Vigilante Group, quickly responded and rushed to the scene. As soon as the suspected armed robbers sighted the police, they engaged them in a fierce gun battle. In the process, the suspects were fatally wounded and overpowered. The injured suspects were rushed to the General Hospital, Onitsha, for treatment, but were certified dead on arrival by a medical doctor. Their corpses were deposited at the mortuary.”
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According to reports, one fabricated barrita pistol with three rounds of 9mm live ammunition and the operational motorcycle were recovered from the suspects and registered as exhibits.
Meanwhile, the command has assured residents of the state of their ‘safety before, during, and after this ember period’, urging them ‘not to relent in providing timely information for prompt response’.