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A deadly transborder criminal gang of four suspects have been shot dead by security operatives in Anambra State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the leader of a criminal gang, popularly known as Odumodu was also shot dead.
Odumodu is said to be behind many criminal activities in Imo and Anambra States.
Sources said the deadly kidnapper, who runs a gang, operates from a camp in Imo State, from where he comes into Anambra to perpetuate criminality.
Press secretary to Anambra State government, Mr Christian Aburime, who hinted of the killing of Odumodu said he was gunned down today by security forces in Anambra State, while on operation.
Aburime in a short message to The Eastern Updates said: ‘The dreaded Odumodu, leader of a criminal gang, operating from Imo State into border towns in Anambra was gunned down by the gallant Anambra security forces, with four others members.
‘One AK-47 and four pump actions were recovered from the criminals by the gallant security forces.’
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson for Anambra State Police command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga was yet to confirm the incident to our correspondent as at the time of filing this report.
Recall that security operatives in Anambra State had earlier in the week killed two gunmen and also arrested members of a robbery gang.
The development came against the backdrop of joint operations by the police alongside the vigilantes, according to a Tuesday statement from the Anambra Police spokesman Ikenga Tobechukwu which was made available to The Eastern Updates.
‘These joint operations yielded a major positive development on 7/5/2023 by 8:45 pm. The operatives while on routine patrol along Usmusiome Nkpor, Idemili North LGA intercepted a gang of four operating in an unregistered black Lexus SUV, recovered two locally made explosives, one AK-47 rifle, nine live 7.62 ammunition, four AK-47 magazines, charms, and other incriminating items,’ the statement read.
‘The operatives during the gun duel with the criminals demobilised two of the gang members, while two others escaped. Efforts are already emplaced to arrest other fleeing gang members.’
He noted that earlier on the same day, police operatives at Azu Ogbunike, Oyi council area of the South-East state, arrested members of a four-man armed robbery gang while they were vandalising a truck suspected to have been stolen.