Police, robbers in gun battle in Delta: 5 shot dead


FILE PHOTO: Men of the Nigerian Police Force

It was a tragic end of the year in Delta as gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers invaded a motor park in Udu Local Government Area of the state and shot three people dead.

Bright Edafe, Delta Police Command spokesperson the attack in a statement however said two of the four robbers were shot dead in a gun battle with the police, while others escaped.

Edafe stated in the statement that the police got information about the invasion of the motor park by gunmen at about 10 a.m.

“The Commissioner of Police Delta State, Ari Muhammed Ali, directed the DPO, Ovwian Aladja, to go after the hoodlums.

The hoodlums on sighting the police escaped towards Udu-Otokutu Expressway in a red mercury mariner jeep with registration number, Abuja KWL 895 RQ.

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“On getting to Igbeki in Ovwian Aladja they attempted to attack one chief (name withheld), unknown to them the chief had a team of Special Protection Unit (SPU) operatives escorting him,” Mr Edafe said.

Edafe said the robbers then diverted to another street when they were confronted by the SPU operatives.

“The combined team of SPU operatives and Ovwian Aladja Patrol teams led by the DPO Ovwian Aladja Division went after the hoodlums.”

He added that one AK-47 rifle, a magazine loaded with 11 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, three cut-to-size locally made guns, and an SUV were recovered from the robbers.

The Police spokesperson added that the manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.

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