A notorious armed robber has been gunned down in Imo state by men of the Imo State Police Command.
An AK-47 rifle with double magazines was recovered from him.
Spokesperson of the command, CSP Michael Abattam, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, said the suspect was killed after operatives intercepted him and his gang robbing people at the Ohi/Egbada junction in Owerri West council area of the state.
"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 statement read.
"The Command’s Tactical Team on receipt of the information, immediately mobilized to the scene. The hoodlums open fire on sighting the operatives who in turn, responded taking cover, 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 are on the trail of the fleeing suspects.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc (+), commended the officers and men for their gallantry and thanked Imolites for their cooperation and unalloyed supports.
The CP 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.