…recover two AK47 rifles, Pump Action Guns, Pistols from Onueke Commercial Bank Robbers
By: Okosun Dennis
Police operatives attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command have intercepted 753 live ammunition of General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) concealed in a sac that was being transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State to Umuahia in Abia State.
The intelligence-driven covert operation, which led to the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition, is part of efforts by the Force to identify and crack down on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police, CP Frank Mba who disclosed the interception on Sunday in a statement in Abuja said that a comprehensive investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crime are ongoing.
Similarly, following investigations into the foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State which occurred in January, 2021; Police operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, on 29th April, 2021, stormed the criminal hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The suspects on sighting the Police squad, opened fire on them. The Police team responded and at the end, three members of the gang including two male and one female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire. Other suspects fled in different directions.
As a result, two Ak47 riffles, five pump action guns, six pistols, 50 Ak47 ammunition, 126 cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered.
Also, a Honda Pilot Jeep with Reg No. ABJ 163 NJ used for the foiled bank robbery was also recovered by the Police Team.
Unrelenting in their quest to apprehend the remaining suspects, the Police team traced the suspects to a shrine where the robbers usually go for mystical powers before embarking on their robbery operations.
However, two of the suspects were eventually arrested from the supposedly safe haven – the shrine.
Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and their spiritual godfather – the Chief Priest of the shrine.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while commending the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Aliyu Garba and officers of the command, for excellently harnessing intelligence to nip the crimes in the bud, assured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to improving public safety and combating all forms of violent crimes across the land.