Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba
By Victor Efeizomor
An intimidating dimension may have been introduced to armed robbery in the country as more facts emerged Yuesday on Monday's robbery attack in Delta North Senatorial District where two banks were robbed in Ibusa.
Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, said Tuesday that the robbers used unconventional weapons, including rocket launchers.
Aduba, who briefed the press in Asaba, the state capital, while parading the suspects, said the robbers took the police unawares with the use of rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenade and assault rifles to carry out their activities in the state.
According to Aduba, “a crack team of the detectives from Ogwashi-uku divisional police headquarters trailed a band of robbers/kidnappers to their hide-out in Igbodo, in Ika North-East local government area of the state, where a gun duel ensured between the robbers numbering over 30.”
He said the robbers made a detour to Ibusa where they raided two banks, adding that the police successfully re-enforced and mobilised its personnel to counter the robbers, saying they were able to demobilise them and gun down four of the robbers, arrested three while others escaped with bullet wounds.
He expressed regrets that his command lost eight persons during the gun duel, said the police was able to contain the rampaging robbers with the use of Armourd Personal Carrier (APC).
According to Aduba, “the casualities include DPO Abraka, SP Steven Chigbufue and three of his men who were on their way to Asaba and one officer from Ibusa division. Other casualties include one military officer attached to Joint Patrol and a female traveller. On the whole six policemen were killed bringing the casualty level to eight.”
He further stated that four of the suspects were gunned dawn and those who were arrested were helping the police with useful information, adding that items recovered from the robbers include a rocket launcher, a rocket-propelled grenade, five AK47 rifles, one 9mm Zastave pistol and 11 rounds of live ammunition.
Other items recovered are: 300, 500 and 50 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, N2,071,150 cash, one Toyota Hummer bus with registration number No YB 58 MUS Lagos, two HP CPUs, one network PVR, one green Lincon Navigator, Toyota Hiace bus with registration number XC412 AGB and charms.