The Anambra State Police Command today 29th June, 2022 issued a press statement that it has intensified its war against gunmen in the state, killing two members of a gang during a gun duel at the Obosi, Idemili-North local government area, ANAMBRA PEOPLE reports.
The Police Commissioner CP Echeng Eworo Echeng in the statement issued by the Police spokesman in the state DSP Ikenga Tochukwu Anthony urged the citizenry to desist from mob actions and jungle justice whenever criminal elements were caught.
The statement reads, ”Anambra State Police operatives while on patrol along Obosi Nkpor road by Obosi town hall at about 11:39 pm on 26/6/2022, accosted a gang of armed men in white Toyota Hiace bus, red Toyota Corolla and a motorcycle.
The operatives engaged the armed men in a gun battle, neutralized two of the hoodlums and recovered one pump action, one locally fabricated pistol and a red Toyota Corolla with reg nos. AKD 303 DW.
During the gun duel with the hoodlums, the superior firepower of the operatives made the assailants flee the scene with the Toyota Hiace bus and a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Police has intensified patrol in the area and improved operational positioning to respond to distress calls especially aimed at arresting other fleeing gang members.
In another development, the Operatives at about 11p m on 26/6/2022 while on patrol along central school road, Umusiomen Nkpor, Ogidi recovered a white Mercedes Benz 350 with reg. Nos RSH 836 BE suspected to have been abandoned by criminal elements.
Also, Police operatives at about 4:30 pm on 28/6/2022 rescued two suspects namely: one Okoye Stephen aged 19years and Chukwuemeka Nwudo aged 27years from mob action along Zik’s Avenue Awka.
The suspects were caught armed with a locally made pistol, in an attempt to dispossess a young lady of her cash, after withdrawing money from ATM. The suspects were already beaten to a stupor by the angry mob before police rescued them. The operatives also recovered one locally-made pistol and one live cartridge from the criminals.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng while charging the operatives to sustain the tempo of the fight against violent crimes in the State, reiterates the advocacy against mob action/jungle justice. He also encouraged the public to take suspects to police stations whenever they are apprehended, this will help the Police to conduct proper investigations into the activities of the suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws. “