Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have killed a notorious armed robber during a gun duel in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state and arrested two others.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, August 3, said the two armed robbery suspects were arrested in Umunede and Okpanam.
The PPRO stated that the robbery suspect killed has been on the wanted list of the command for the murder of innocent people and attack on police personnel.
“On 02/08/2022 at about 1035hrs, Operatives attached to Rapid Response Squad, while on surveillance patrol along 74, Anwai-Illah road Oshimili South LGA, were attacked by some armed hoodlums, the operatives quickly took cover and engaged the marauders in a serious gun battle thereby forcing them to a retreat,” the statement read.
“However, in the ensuing gun duel, one of the suspects later identified as Japhet (surname unknown), who has been on the Command’s wanted list for involvement in numerous attacks on Police personnel, and killing of innocent persons, sustained gunshot injuries, he was taken to the hospital where he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. One locally fabricated beretta pistol with two  9mm live ammunition and one Qlink motorcycle with reg no. WKP 270 QW abandoned by the other gang members were recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing gang members is ongoing,”
“On 02/08/2022, at about 1300hrs, a distress call was received from Dominion hotel’s & suit in Umunede, that a man was threatening their customers with a gun and sending them away, thereby constituting nuisance and disturbing the public peace within the vicinity. Consequently, Patrol team attached to Umunede Division were deployed to the scene where the suspect upon sighting the Police took to his heels, he was chased and the suspect named Precious Azuka was arrested. One locally made cut-to-size gun was recovered from the him. Investigation is ongoing,”
“On 30/7/2022, the Command received information, that a suspect snatched a motorcycle along St Desmond road, Okpanam with a dagger. The Area Commander Asaba, detailed Police Operatives attached to the Area Command to investigate and ensure that the suspect is arrested and brought to book. Consequently, on 31/7/2022, the team embarked on an intelligence led investigation, trailed and arrested the suspect named Isaac Dantala, along Asaba-Onitsha Expressway and the motorcycle with reg no UDD 332 DH was recovered alongside the dagger. Investigation is ongoing.”