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Three individuals suspected of armed robbery were fatally shot in Enugu during a gunfight, as a joint operation involving the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) was executed.
According to a statement from the State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, released on Sunday, the suspects met their demise in a gunfight at Second Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu.
He said ‘The feat led to the recovery of two (2) locally-made revolver pistols, six (6) live rounds of .9mm calibre ammunition, the gang’s operational tricycle with Enugu registration number MGL 100 WL and fleet number ENS/20560, and objects suspected to be charms.’
‘Other exhibits recovered are cash sums of about five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000.00), rolls of POS transaction printing papers, assorted mobile phones, wallets, bags, and other exhibits, the hoodlums robbed from POS operators and their customers at different locations.’
As per his account, the miscreants assaulted Point of Sale (POS) operators at various locations in Enugu metropolis around 1 p.m. today, forcibly taking possession of the recovered exhibits.
‘The operatives, however, mounted surveillance on them, while the criminal elements opened fire upon sighting them.’
‘The security operatives responded with superior firepower, neutralizing the three of them and recovering the exhibits in the process. Many of the victims have identified the hoodlums, and some recovered exhibits, as theirs,’ he said.
Ndukwe mentioned that a covert investigation is currently underway to apprehend other members of the criminal gang.