Insecurity: One killed as Police, armed robbers clash in Imo

Posted by Okodili Ndidi, Owerri | 8 June 2019 | 1,050 times

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One person was killed and three others wounded in a gun duel between policemen and suspected armed robbers in Orji area of Owerri, the Imo State capital.

It was gathered that a four-member gang had trailed Pastor G.E Nsofor of Holiness Evangelist Church Amankuta Mbieri, who had gone to bank to withdraw some money.

However on noticing he was being trailed, the pastor ran to a nearby police station and raised the alarm.

But undaunted by the proximity to the police station, the robbers snatched the bag containing the money and fled.

They were however given a hot chase by men of the Orji police station and in an ensuing gun battle, one of the armed robbers was gunned down.

Others reportedly escaped with gunshot wounds

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, said: “Today being the 07/06/2019 at Orji, opposite the police station at approximately 14:39s hrs, the Orji Divisional police operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer DPO, had a gun duel with hoodlums as a result of which one unidentified armed robber was gunned down.

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“It is important to noted that one Pastor G.E Nsofor ‘m’ 60 years old from Holiness Evangelist Church Amankuta Mbieri had gone to UBA bank Nwaorubi Mbaitoli to cash in N200,000 cheque. Immediately, he left the bank he was trailed by armed robbers on motorcycles.

“Upon noticing their actions, he sped off and stopped by the police station. Unrelenting by proximity to police station, he was ordered by the armed robbers to bring his money and collected his bag”

“The policemen on duty who were on red alert informed the DPO who immediately led a manhunt on the hoodlums and as fate would have it, out of the four one was gunned down while three fled with bullets injuries. The unidentified robber was rushed to hospital were he was pronounced dead by doctors on duty”.

He said that the bag of the victim and a locally made Revolver pistol with two live ammunition were recovered. (The Nation)


Source: News Express

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