ByÂ Tony Edike
ENUGU – THE death of Chuka Ogbodo alias Ngwu egere omu, the dreaded armed robbery kingpin that unleashed terror on policemen and banks in the South Eastern states in the past few years was confirmed yesterday, when the police exhumed his corpse from a bush in Isuochi area of Abia state, where he was reportedly buried by his colleagues after last Fridayâ€™s gun duel with the men of Anambra and Enugu Police Commands, after the Nsukka bank robbery.
Police sources told Vanguard yesterday, that members of the gang succeeded in hijacking Ogbodoâ€™s corpse from Ayamelum after he was killed by Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) operatives of the Anambra States Police Command, who engaged the gang in a shootout after the Nsukka robbery, which claimed the lives of the Nsukka Divisional Police Officer and six others.
The surviving members of the gang reportedly fled with Ogbodoâ€™s corpse to a village in Isuochi, Abia state, where he was secretly buried last Saturday but following police investigations, their hideout was discovered leading to the exhumation of the body.
The police said it was the end of the road for Chuka Ogbodo, a 35 year-old man, who hailed from Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu state.Â Police authorities had expressed worry over the activities of the Ogbodo led gang, which had killed several policemen, burnt police stations and patrol vehicles and carried out several attacks on banks and bullion vans in the South East zone.
The police had spread their dragnets in parts of the state to apprehend members of the gang but the effort yielded no result until last Friday, when the gang was intercepted at Omor, Ayamelum council area of Anambra state.
Unconfirmed report said about ten members of the gang have so far been arrested and are currently helping the police in their investigations.
Ogbodo was confirmed to be the leader of the notorious robbery gang that operated with sophisticated weapons,Â including explosives and submachine guns, with which they used in bombing many police stations in the region.