It was jubilation galore at the Warri Area Command of the Nigerian Police, Delta State, yesterday as the police displayed the corpses of two of the most wanted armed robbery suspects felled in a shootout. The suspects, were among a four robbery gang that dispossessed a man of his jeep last Wednesday at Ajamimogha in the heart of Warri. The corpses of the suspects were paraded as the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna M. Ibrahim, visited Area Command in preparation for today’s visit by the new Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to Gbaramtu Kingdom and Itsekiri’s Ugborodo community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Security sources disclosed that the “most wanted” robbery suspect had snatched a Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number KJA 320 BK from one Azubike Nwajuana at Ajamimogha near Okere at about 5:00p.m. The police operatives, who were said to be on a routine patrol, pursued the bandits all the way to the bridge linking Chevron office complex and Delta State Broadcasting Service (DBS) and engaged them in a shootout after the jeep the robbers were escaping with skipped and summersaulted.
The robbers, according to a witness, dived into the river under the bridge to escape, but were swiftly swooped upon by the security agents, who eventually killed two of the robbers. Leader of the patrol, ASP Johnbull Aigbodion, was said to have sustained gun shot injuries in his wrist and was rushed to Warri Central Hospital for medical attention. Aigbodion, who spoke spoke to Newsmen in bandaged wrist, said the robbers engaged his men in the shoutout even while inside the river.
The newly posted Commissioner of Police to Delta State, Mr. Zanna M. Ibrahim, in a chat with in Warri yesterday confirmed the incident. He said two of the robbers were killed and the other two escaped with gun shots injuries, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered from the bandits as well as the stolen vehicle even as efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspects. The police boss vowed to make life unbearable for criminals of various shades in the state except they repent or relocate from the state in their own interest.