Police operatives in Enugu State Command have engaged some suspected kidnappers in a gun duel killing one of the kidnappers in the process.
The news of this breakthrough was contained in a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Daniel Ndukwe (ASP)
Ndukwe said that operatives ttached to Udi Police Division in synergy with Local Vigilante Group, on 21/04/2021 at 8.45pm, intercepted a group of hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers, along Old Udi/Oji-River Road.
He said the suspects on sighting the security operatives opened fire on them and in the ensuing gun duel, one of the kidnappers was gunned down and later confirmed dead in hospital and deposited in the mortuary, while others according to him escaped with bullet injuries.
One cut-to-size locally-made double barrel gun with three (3) live cartridges, one torchlight, one lighter, a pack of matches and items suspected to be charms according to the PPRO were recovered the gun toting suspects.
He said that discreet investigation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.
The PPRO said that in another development, police operatives attached to 9th Mile Police Division n 26/04/2021 at about 10.45pm, recovered a Toyota Sienna vehicle with registration number: YAB 14 BT, alleged to have been snatched from its owner at gunpoint on the same date at about 9.10pm.
He said that the recovery was due to intense pressure mounted by the operatives, which made the armed robbers to abandon the vehicle and escaped.
“In yet another development, Police Operatives attached to Awkunanaw Police Division of the Command in synergy with Neighbourhood Watch group, on 19/4/2021 at about 0410hrs, arrested one Samuel Felix age 26, of Akwuke Road, Gariki, Awkunanaw, Enugu and recovered one cut-to-size locally-made double barrel gun. His arrest was sequel to a swift response to a distress call received same date at bout 0340hrs, alleging that the suspect and his accomplices at large, were robbing their victims of money, phones and other valuable at gunpoint in Agu-Uwani Akwuke Zone 2, Enugu. Further discreet investigation is ongoing to apprehend and bring other members of the criminal gang to book.
“Also, on 15/04/2021 at about 1.00am, Goodluck Samuel aged 31, of 15 Nkwo Ezenna Street, Awadah Onitsha, Anambra and Ifeanyi Ozo aged 30, of Agwu L.G.A., were arrested along Nsukka Expressway by 7-Up, 9th Mile in Udi L.G.A., by a joint team of police operatives attached to 9th Mile Police Division and personnel of the Nigerian Army, 82 Division, Enugu.” Ndukwe said.
He said that the suspects and others at large, were alleged to have attacked and hijacked from its driver and motor-boy, a Dangote’s Sinotruk Truck with Reg. No GRZ 430 XA loaded with bags of cement en-route Awka, Anambra State from Obajana, Kogi State.
Ndukwe noted that the suspects demobilized the truck, and were at the verge of trans-loading the bags of cement to a smaller blue-coloured unregistered Mercedes Benz truck they used for the operation, when the Joint Operatives swooped on them and arrested them.
“The hijacked truck and goods according to him have been secured, while the said smaller truck has been recovered.
The PPRO said that the arrested suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed N. Aliyu(CP) while appreciating the collaborative supports received from the Nigerian Army, Neighbourhood Watch Group and law-abiding citizens of the state, has called on residents to remain vigilant and continue to assist the police with credible information required to further curb acts of crime and criminality in the State.