Charles Nwoke, Enugu, Nigeria
December 1, 2020
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The Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Police Force says it has apprehended three suspected armed robbers that specialize in attacking residents at gun-point within Enugu, the Coal City State.
ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the Enugu State Command’s Spokesman, in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu, said that the suspects were arrested on Nov. 27 at about 5 am NAN reports.
He revealed that one pump action gun with two live cartridges, a dagger, assorted phones, an LG TV set, electronic cables, car batteries, and a cash sum of N41,750, suspected to be stolen were recovered from the suspects.
ASP Ndukwe said, “Following credible information received at Abakaliki Road Police Station that hoodlums, suspected to be armed robbers, were vandalizing street/traffic lights near Shoprite Shopping Mall, Enugu, police operatives raced to the location.
“The police operatives successfully arrested three of the five-man armed robbery gang, while two others were fatally wounded.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that on arrival, police operatives were engaged in a gun duel by the suspects operating in a yellow mini commercial bus, and two of them sustained bullet wounds and were later confirmed dead in the hospital, while three others were arrested.
“Furthermore, the suspects all confessed to the crime, while some of their armed robbery victims have been able to identify them and the items they robbed from them at gun-points,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, reports have it that Ahmad Abdurrahman, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, has directed the transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department for immediate completion of investigation and prosecution of the suspects.
The Commissioner equally urged the State’s habitats to remain vigilant, law-abiding and ensure they quickly report any suspected hoodlums and acts of criminality to the nearest police station whenever they notice any.