6th December, 2021
By Chimezie Anaso/Awka
Two robbery suspects were killed while four were arrested by Anambra police officers during an exchange of gunfire at Idemili flyover, Anambra state.
ASP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Command’s Public Relations Officer disclosed this today.
Ikenga said the killed suspects were identified as Chinedu Okeri and Chukwuebuka Orizu, both members of a three-man gang, while one of them, Abuchi Osim, was arrested alive.
He said that pistols and live ammunition were also recovered from the suspects.
According to Ikenga, the suspects engaged the police in a gun duel when they confronted them while trying to rob a commercial bus around Idemili flyover, Onitsha-Owerri Road on Dec. 5.
“The hoodlums who were about to rob passengers travelling in a Toyota Sienna van opened fire on sighting the police.
“Operatives responded swiftly gunning down two of the armed suspects while the third suspect was arrested.
“Police recovered two locally made pistols, five cartridges and the tricycle that brought the gangsters to the scene of the crime,” he said.
Ikenga said a follow-up operation led to the arrest of three other suspects in their hideout in Atani Ogbaru Local Government Area.
He gave the names of the suspects as Chinedu Ogunna, 21, Arinze Chukwu, 16, and Ebuka Ayazie, 18, all of whom confessed to being members of a cult group and robbery gang.