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Police smash Nsukka bank robbers, recover heavy weapons, N4.5m cash

BY TONY EDIKE

THE joy of the robbers that raided four commercial banks in Nsukka, Enugu State on Friday lasted only a few hours after policemen from Anambra and Enugu went after them and succeeded in killing two of them and recovered sophisticated weapons, charms and N4.5 million cash.

Police sources said yesterday that the gang was intercepted at Omo in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State few hours after they had unleashed terror on Nsukka town.

The armed bandits had in a three hours operation along Enugu road Nsukka, attacked four banks and stolen millions of naira before bombing the Nsukka Police Station.  The Divisional Police Officer for Nsukka, Chief Superintendent of Police Joe

Ejitaga and six others were killed in the bloody incident that caused fears and panic among security agents and residents of the state. It was learnt that some police men from Enugu who pursued the robbers through the Nsukka – Onitsha road alerted the Anambra State Police Command which quickly mobilized a crack team of policemen who laid ambush for them at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra State.

The police team succeeded in apprehending them after serious exchange of gunfire with members of the gang two of whom were killed in the gun duel.

One of the robbers shot dead was identified as Chika Arum, alias Ngwu Egere Omu, a native of Akaegbe-Ugwu in Enugu State, a notorious criminal who was said to be behind most of the bloody robberies in the South East in recent time.

He was earlier arrested by the police in a major robbery incident in Imo State but was released by a court in the state under a controversial circumstance.

The sources said one of the robbers arrested alive has made useful revelations regarding the operations of the gang, which has killed several policemen and burnt dozens of security patrol vehicles within the South East zone.

Apart from the N4.5 million which the police claimed was recovered from the scene, other items recovered include one rocket launcher; one AK-47 rifle, one riot gunner, 1,500 rounds of 7.65 mm bullets, 2,000 rounds of .9mm ammunition, mobile police uniforms, army camouflage uniforms, 50 empty AK-47 magazines, one white Hilux pick-up van, one red Volvo car, one  L-300 bus belonging to Igbo-Etiti LGA, one  Malta Guinness vehicle and a bus loaded with different kinds of charms.


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