Two suspected armed robbers have been reportedly killed while two others injured in a gun duel with the Nigeria Police at the weekend along Egbo/Otokutu Road, Otu Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
Police Delta State command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incident to the newsmen in Asaba on Monday.
He noted that the patrol team from Otu-Jeremi police station, while on a stop-and-search duty, got information that four suspected armed robbers who had earlier snatched two vehicles, a gold coloured Toyota Camry with Reg. No. RSH 291 AW and a custom coloured Lexus 350 jeep, with Reg. No. WWR 737 KL, abandoned the vehicles at Otokutu community due to mechanical faults. Edafe hinted that the suspects escaped in a tricycle when they sighted the police team from afar and opened fire on them. “The gun battle hoodlums forced the hoodlums to abandon the tricycle, a development that led to the escape of two of the hoodlums into the bush, while two were fatally wounded and found in the tricycle with gunshot injuries.” The spokeman who noted that the squad recovered one Ak-47 rifle, an empty magazine, the sum of N200,000 and gold jewelry. Explained that the suspects, who sustained gunshot injuries, were rushed to hospital where they gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. “The DPO Otu-Jeremi Division again led a combined team of policemen/vigilantes to further comb the bush for the possible arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang, but in the process recovered another AK-47 rifle with breach number NK344397, with two magazines and three live ammunition.”