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Anambra: Operatives kill gunmen, recover arms, ammunition

By Uzoma Nzeagwu, Awka
25 July 2022   |   3:53 am
Joint Security Forces comprising the military and police in Anambra State have killed two gunmen along the Onitsha/Owerri Expressway junction , leading to Okija Nkwo market in the state.

CP Echeng

Joint Security Forces comprising the military and police in Anambra State have killed two gunmen along the Onitsha/Owerri Expressway junction , leading to Okija Nkwo market in the state.

   
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),  Ikenga Tochukwu in a statement yesterday,  said items recovered from the hoodlums, include:  four automatic pump action, one cutlass and one ash-coloured Lexus jeep 350 marked KJA- 666HE.
 
Others were one white Toyota hilux jeep without registration number,  one white Toyota Corolla marked HAL- 732RF, one sliver Highlander jeep without registration number and four motorcycles without registration numbers
 
Tochukwu said:  “The recovery  followed a distress call at about 9:30a.m. on  July 23 along Onitsha/Owerri Expressway junction,  leading to Okija Nkwo market , where hoodlums, blocked the road and were robbing and extorting motorists.
 
“The Joint Forces responded swiftly, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and neutralised one of the armed men, while others escaped the scene with bullet wounds.  
 
“In another development, police operatives at about 3:30p.m. on same date,  while on clearance operation sighted, another criminal gang at Nkwo market , Okija, harassing sellers/buyers and residents in the area.
 
“The operatives engaged the armed men in a gun duel. One of the suspects was neutralised and two automatic pump action and one machete recovered, while others fled the scene.
 
“No casualty on part of the operatives and the situation has been brought under control. Operation is still ongoing to apprehend the other fleeing gang members.”

MEANWHILE, the state Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, has urged operatives to sustain the onslaught on criminal elements, ordering that patrols be intensified and improved to respond to distress calls in the state.