By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Two suspected armed robbers have reportedly died while receiving treatment in an hospital after a gun battle with police operatives in Delta State.
One AK 47 rifle, with breech no. 148399, three cut-to-size locally made gun, one magazine loaded with eleven rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were said to have been recovered from them.
According to report, the operatives also recovered one Red Mercury Mariner Jeep with reg no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ which is the operational vehicle of the hoodlums.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on a street in Igbeku Udu in Ovwian when a gang of hoodlums engaged the operatives attached to Ovwian Alaska Division led by the DPO and a team of Special Protection Unit (SPU) in a shoot out about 1.05 pm on 30rh December, 2021.
The suspected dare devil armed robbers were alleged to have earlier shot dead three persons at Morfor motor garage in Udu LGA during an intense firing spree.
The police public relations officer DSP Edafe Bright confirmed the incident in a release made available to journalists on Friday.
According to him, ” 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.
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”.