The police in Imo Condition on Saturday foiled a theft assault in the Ikenegbu spot of Owerri, the state money.
The armed robbers stormed a gold shop, Goldwise Wisdom Gold stores, in Owerri.
Eyewitnesses explained to our correspondent that on arrival in a white pick-up van, the criminals wore military services uniforms and had been heavily armed.
They were stated to have moved into the store and stole products well worth hundreds of thousands of naira and were claimed to be on their way out in advance of a policeman who accompanied an unknown personality to have his lunch at a nearby eatery suspected foul participate in and opened fire on them.
The 5-person gang instantly returned the hearth and started out taking pictures indiscriminately, causing folks to shut their stores and run for their lives.
The policeman’s bullet caught the driver of the gang and he died quickly, Sunday PUNCH learnt.
His gang users promptly disembarked from the Hilux van and started out jogging although taking pictures in the air.
A person of the eyewitnesses claimed, “The policeman suspected foul participate in and promptly opened fireplace on them. He killed the driver of the gang and 4 other customers jumped out and commenced taking pictures. Law enforcement reinforcement from the command headquarters rapidly arrived. Two had been caught while other folks escaped.”
It was learnt that the objects they stole ended up right away recovered from them.
A different eyewitness instructed our correspondent that he was grateful to God that no innocent soul was killed in the incident.
He reported, “They have been in army camouflage. As they stormed the plaza in a Hilux van, citizens and traders around that vicinity assumed they ended up policemen or navy gentlemen but to their utmost dismay, they had been males of the underworld. As they were occupied harvesting the gold from the cabinets, a policeman hooked up to an individual who arrived to get a single product or the other seen that it was a robbery assault and fired at the driver and gunned him down, thus disrupting the movement of the robbers. They took to their heels by foot.”
Parading the physique of the suspect and the two other individuals caught alive at the command headquarters, the police spokesman, Henry Okoye, explained the point out Commissioner of police, Muhammed Berde, was grateful to the operatives who foiled the assault and caught the suspects.
Okoye gave the names of the suspects as Peter Gaura, 27, from Kogi State, whom he explained as a dismissed soldier and Promise Joshua, 25, from Delta Point out.
He included, “In the gun duel that ensued, just one of the hoodlums was neutralised, two were being arrested although many others escaped with a variety of levels of gunshot accidents.
“During a lookup of the suspects and the scene, the subsequent products were being recovered: two pump action guns, four locally-built pistols, 8 rounds of are living cartridges, just one expanded cartridges, the Hilux van utilized for the operation, with Registration Number BRR 586 XA, soon after taking away the black cloth employed in covering the variety plate.”
He mentioned other objects as jewelry valued at tens of millions of naira, two armed forces wears, two exclusive forces T-shirts and bags made up of other stolen merchandise were recovered.
He additional, “Due to the swift reaction, none of the shop entrepreneurs or clients was harm. Manhunt is intensified to arrest other fleeing suspects and the makers of the regionally-built pistols. The duo suspect will be investigated carefully and arraigned upon completion of a discreet investigation by the command’s tactical workforce. The entire body of the neutralised suspects will be deposited at the morgue.
“While commending the operatives for a occupation effectively-done, the Commissioner of Police urged them to sustain the tempo in the ongoing crusade in opposition to all types of criminal offense and criminality in the condition.”
A single of the suspects, Guarantee, informed journalists that he worked as a bouncer at a popular lodge recently opened in Owerri.