By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
Men of the Nigerian Police have shot death three dare-devil armed robbers during a hot gun battle in Udu, Udu LGA of Delta state.
The police also recovered one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and a red mercury mariner jeep with reg no. Abuja KWL 895 R.
car belonging to the armed robbers.
The Delta state Police Public relations officer, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incidence in a press statement made available to Daily Watch, said, ”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.
The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali has directed the DPO Ovwian Aladja to go after the hoodlums.
The hoodlums, according to Police spokesman, escaped while sighted the rescue police teamtowards 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. However on noticing the presence of the SPU operatives, the hoodlums numbering about four (4) diverted to a street in Igbeki Udu. The combined team of SPU Operatives and Ovwian Aladja Patrol teams led by the DPO Ovwian Aladja Division went after the hoodlums.
”The hoodlums 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” He said.