Armed Robber Killed In Gun Duel With Police; 16-yr-old, Others Arrested


A gun battle between the police and suspected robbers at Ngborokpo village in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, yesterday, led to the death of one person, and injured three others.

17 suspected robbers were also arrested by the police where three AK 47 riffles, two pump action guns, four locally made pistols, ammunition, a television set and a teddy bear which they used in concealing guns were recovered.

Briefing newsmen at the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Anambra State Police command, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, said 17 suspects were arrested in various parts of the state for various offences, including bank robbery.

A 16-year-old, Ifeanyi Onwe said to be a specialist in bank robbery who uses beautiful girls to track people that withdrew large sums of money from banks, was among the suspects.

Onwe, in his confessional statement admitted that he used to plant young girls in banks in Onitsha to give members of his gang information concerning withdrawals.

“I was a student in a secondary school in Onitsha before I dropped out in JSS 1 because my parents could not fund my education. Thereafter, I met a friend who introduced me into this deal. We have carried out many robbery operations in Onitsha and its environs,” he said.

The PPRO said some of the suspects were in the habit of blocking major roads in Nawfia, Awgbu, Ufuma, Abba, among other areas where they robbed people.

He alleged that some of the suspects were also involved in the killing of a 55-year-old man in Awgbu and another woman at Nanka four days ago, as well as in the molesting of girls in parts of the state.

“To the ordinary eye, the TV set and the teddy bear they were carrying were just what they were meant to be. But for this gang, what they do is to open the TV set and rip open the teddy’s tommy, conceal pistols and ammunition in them and when they enter any vehicle, nobody will know they had guns until they begin operation.

“They invented this style to escape from the police and other security agencies, but our men were able to beat them to their game.”

Another suspect simply identified as Ebuka said he was arrested by SARS operatives when he went to visit his friend.

“I went to visit my friend without knowing that he was being wanted by the police for robbery. As I was still there, SARS operative broke into the house and arrested all of us. I don’t really know what I did,” he said.