Three people were slain by armed robbers as they attempted to flee the scene of an operation in Delta State.
The victims, all men, were killed by robbers who opened fire indiscriminately while fleeing at Mofor Park in the state’s Udu Local Local Government Area around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 30.
According to an eyewitness, the fleeing thieves fired shots at the victims as they attempted to make their way to the DSC expressway’s Otokutu axis.
“They were on their way from Udu to the Otokutu area. So it appears that they were stopped in the Mofor Park area when they opened fire, murdering the four victims “says the eyewitness.
Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, said two of the robbers were injured during gun duel with police operatives. One of them later died in the hospital while receiving treatment.
The PPRO said the gang’s operational vehicle, one AK 47 Rifle, three locally made guns and eleven rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
“On 30/12/2021 at about 1005hrs information was received by the Command that dare devil armed hoodlums were firing intense gunshots at Morfor motor garage in Udu LGA and in the process shot three (3) persons dead,” Edafe stated.
The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali directed the Dpo Ovwian Aladja to go after the hoodlums.
“The hoodlums on sighting the police escaped towards Udu-Otokutu expressway in a red mercury mariner jeep with reg no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ but on getting to Igbeki in Ovwian Aladja they again attempted to attack one chief (name withheld) unknown to them that the chief had a team of Special protection unit (SPU) operatives escorting him,”
However, on noticing the presence of the SPU operatives, the hoodlums numbering about four diverted to a street in Igbeki Udu.
The combined team of SPU Operatives and Ovwian Aladja Patrol teams led by the DPO Ovwian Aladja Division went after the hoodlums.
The hoodlums engaged the police teams in a gun duel and in the ensuing shootout, two of the armed robbers sustained gunshot injuries while the other members of the gang escaped into the bush
The injured suspects were taken to the hospital but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
“One AK 47 rifle with breech no. 148399, one magazine loaded with eleven rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, three cut-to-size locally made guns were recovered. One Red Mercury Mariner Jeep with reg no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ which is the operational vehicle of the hoodlums was also recovered. Manhunt for the fleeing suspects is ongoing.” the PPRO added.