Two robbers were shot dead on Sunday by Police along Onitsha-Owerri road, Obosi, Anambra State.
The suspects, according to Police spokesperson, Ikenga Tochukwu, were gunned down during a fire exchange with police.
He said two locally made pistols, five cartridges and the tricycle that brought the gangsters to the crime scene were recovered from the suspects.
He said: “On 5th December 2021, at about 0530 hours Anambra Police Command Operatives intercepted a three-man armed robbery gang operating around idemili flyover, Obosi by Onitsha-Owerri Road.
“The hoodlums who were about to rob passengers travelling in a Toyota Sienna van opened fire on sighting the police.
“The operatives responded swiftly gunning down two armed suspects, later identified as Chinedu Okeri ‘M’ from Enugu and Chukwuebuka Orizu from Anambra State while the third suspect, Abuchi Osim ‘M’ from Enugu State was arrested.
“In a follow-up operation, the arrested suspect led the operatives to their criminal hideout in Atani Ogbaru LGA were Chinedu Ogunna ‘M’ 21yrs, Arinze Chukwu ‘M’ 16yrs and Ebuka Ayazie ‘M’ 18yrs were arrested.
“They claimed to belong to a same cult group and armed robbery gang.”
Ikenga restated the assurances of the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng that the Command which had since rejigged its policing strategy, had also made the same potent and dynamic to respond to emergency and security challenges.
“We will not relent in safeguarding lives and properties of people in the state especially during this yuletide season and beyond.
“We enjoin law-abiding citizens to remain vigilant and continue to support security agencies with credible information in the fight against acts of crime and criminality in the State,” he added.