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A band of armed robbers got stuck while fleeing, and had to shoot their way out, killing four men around the Otukutu, Udu, Delta, on Thursday around 10 am.
But the criminals eventually met their match, and two of them paid dearly for it.
Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.
“On 30/12/2021 at about 1005hrs information was received by the Command that dare devil armed hoodlums were firing intense gunshots at Morfor motor garage in Udu LGA and in the process shot three (3) persons dead,” Edafe stated.
The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP 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 reg no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ but on getting to Igbeki in Ovwian Aladja they again attempted to attack one chief (name withheld) unknown to them that the chief had a team of Special protection unit (SPU) operatives escorting him,”
The observation made the hoodlums numbering about four divert to a street in Igbeki Udu.
The combined team of SPU Operatives and Ovwian Aladja Patrol teams went after the hoodlums.
Edafe said the robbers then engaged the police teams in a gun duel and in the ensuing shootout, two of the armed robbers sustained gunshot injuries while the other members of the gang escaped into the bush
The injured suspects were taken to the hospital but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
“One AK 47 rifle with breech no. 148399, one magazine loaded with eleven rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, three cut-to-size locally made guns were recovered. One Red Mercury Mariner Jeep with reg no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ which is the operational vehicle of the hoodlums was also recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.” the PPRO said.
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