The Enugu State Police Command has smashed a six-man armed theft gang and captured 4 of the gang members working inside ninth Mile Corner on the outskirts of Enugu.
The police additionally recovered three domestically made weapons from the suspects and 9 GSM telephones belonging to vacationers that they had robbed.
The Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, stated in a press release on Monday that the armed gang had been robbing vacationers coming from Lagos and heading in the direction of Benue State for Christmas earlier than they had been confronted by police operatives.
Amaraizu stated that the feat was achieved by police operatives of the ninth Mile Corner Division appearing on intelligence data whereas on surveillance patrol within the early hours of Dec. 24.
The spokesman stated that the smashed six-man armed theft gang specialised in blocking highways, hijacking buses with passengers and taking them to a secluded portion of the bush.
He stated that 4 of the gang members, wearing police uniform, had been arrested after a gun duel which left the armed robbers fatally injured, whereas two of them believed to have been touched by bullets escaped with accidents.
“It was gathered that suspects allegedly wearing suspected police uniform alongside ninth Mile Corner/Nsukka Expressway by Egede neighborhood in Udi Local Government space had stopped two Hiace commuter buses of a industrial bus firm believed to be coming from Lagos and heading to Otukpo in Benue State.
“They diverted the buses to a different bush street the place they had been allegedly robbing their victims earlier than the operatives swooped on them.
“The arrested fatally-injured armed theft suspects later gave their names as Kenneth Eze, Ojobo Ude, Emeka Eze and Sunday Ugwu.
“They claimed all of them hailed from Obollo-Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State,’’ he stated.
Amaraizu stated that police had intensified manhunt for the fleeing injured members of the gang.
“Members of the general public, notably hospital operators, are to be careful for anyone with damage or accidents suspected to be that of gun pictures and report promptly to a close-by police station for immediate needed motion,’’ he stated.