A suspected armed robber identified as Emmanuel Johnson has been killed by police officers in Ekpoma area of Edo State.
The robber according to the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, was among the five suspects that invaded Mandela hostel, at Gabriel Street, Ihumudumu, Ekpoma.
The statement released on Tuesday August 16 read;
“On Monday 15/08/2022 at about 0330hrs, some armed robbers numbering 5 while invading One Mandela hostel, at Gabriel Street, Ihumudumu, Ekpoma were intercepted by Operatives of the Command attached to Ekpoma Divisional headquarters following a distress call,” the statement read.
“Upon receipt of the information, the Operatives immediately mobilized in collaboration with the Vigilantes and swung into action. On sighting the team of Operatives, the robbers opened fire on the police which led to a gun duel, not being able to withstand the superior firepower of the police, they scampered for safety with various degrees of bullet injuries.
“However, one of the hoodlums who was later identified as Emmanuel Johnson ‘M’ about 24yrs old, was neutralized during the gun duel, meanwhile frantic effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.”
Items recovered from the deceased armed robber and his fleeing gang members include one locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun, five live cartridges, four expended cartridges and one Laptop.
The police spokesperson further stated that the State Police Command is making frantic efforts to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.