By Ikeugonna Eleke
Police in Anambra State have killed two persons suspected to be armed robbers, after they engaged them in a shoot-out at Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The suspects, both male: Onyebuchi Ngala, popularly known as Caesar and his partner, Izuchukwu Okoro, were felled by a hail of bullets, and a Nissan Xterra SUV, which they had snatched from its owner and tried escaping in was also shattered during the gun battle.
The state police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who stated this in a press statement to Fides said, ‘Today 13/1/2020 at about 1:15pm, Police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) responded to a distress call and stormed the hideout of a robbery gang who allegedly attacked one Chiegulem Chidera, ‘m’, at Agouye, Umuko, Awka, and snatched his Nissan Xtera jeep with Reg number Cross River GGJ 402 AA at gunpoint.
‘Suspects were trailed at Nkwo Agulu and on sighting the Police (they) opened fire after which the police responded promptly.
‘As a result, the two suspects; one OnyebuchiNgala, ‘m’, aka Caesar, and IzuchukwuOkoro, ‘m’, were fatally wounded during the gun encounter. They were taken to the hospital for treatment but confirmed dead on arrival by the medical doctor.’
Haruna listed exhibits recovered from the suspects to include the snatched Xterra jeep, one Ak 47 rifle, one pump action gun, six life cartridges, four expended ammunition, five life ammunition of 7.62mm and two Ak47 magazines.
He added that the deceased suspects were among the gang responsible for the Abduction of a staff of NnamdiAzikiwe University, EngrEmekaChiaghana, who was kidnapped in his compound in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area, on 25th October, 2019.
Haruna said the case was still under investigation and that efforts were ongoing to locate the whereabouts of the abducted Chiaghana.
Despite previously arresting suspected kidnappers of the Unizik staff, and gunning down two, Chiaghana’s whereabouts has remained unknown since after his kidnap.