David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
Men of Anambra State Police Command have killed two suspected armed robbers during a gun duel.
The spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed who disclosed this said the men were killed after police officers responded to distress calls by residents of a part of Onitsha, but were challenged to a gun duel when they arrived.
A press release sent to THISDAY read, “On the 11/12/2020 at about 10:10am, there was a distress call that four armed robbery suspects who belonged to a gang led by Ikanda(a notorious armed robber presently remanded in prison custody in connection with a murder case) were operating along Zik’s Avenue by Miss Ellems Onitsha.
“Following the distress call, Police operatives attached to Fegge Division Onitsha quickly responded and rushed to the scene. As soon as the suspected armed robbers sighted the police they engaged them into a gun duel.
“In the process two suspects were fatally wounded and overpowered while two others escaped. The injured Suspects one alias Dorgba and Fela whose real names are yet to be known were rushed to the hospital for treatment but certified dead on arrival by a medical doctor and their corpses deposited at the mortuary.”
He added that one locally made double barrel gun, four live cartridges, two expended cartridges, a charm, two wraps of dried leaves suspected to be indian hemp, two techno phones and other items were recovered from the suspects and registered as exhibits.