*Police kill armed robbery suspect
By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN CITYâ€”ARMED bandits suspected to be hired assassins weekend shot dead a United States-based medical practitioner, Dr Charles Ndulue, opposite Benin Central Hospital, Sapele road, Benin City.
Also, a suspected armed robber was shot dead yesterday along Ugbowo Road, after a shootout between the police and a gang of robbers at about 11:45am.
The late Ndulue who, Vanguard learnt, just returned from the United States was driving home after church with a lady suspected to be a house maid and his little son when the dare-devil bandits struck.
The suspected assassins came in a Volkswagen Audi car and eventually escaped with it without any resistance from the security men attached to Sapele road prison, where the incident occurred.
Eye witness account said the bandits who were four in number, shot at the vehicle tyres which halted the movement of the jeep.
It was learnt that they now went for their target, pumped several bullets into him, collected his handsets and a necklace before they disappeared.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, ASP Peter Peter Ogboi, who confirmed the incident, said a crack team of detectives had been assigned to unearth the killers.
â€œWith the caliber of officers handling the case, we will get to the root of the matter. We are only appealing to people who were right there when it happened to come up and give us any information that may help us track the killers,â€ he said.
Ogboi, who also confirmed the shootout between his men and armed robbers who robbed some persons that went to withdraw money from the bank, said one of the robbers was shot dead while others escaped.
According to him, â€œthe robbery suspects used Okada to trail people going to bank to cash money. So after attacking their victim along Ugbowo, we pursued the robbers and there was a shootout. One was killed, others escaped but we are on their trail. We recovered one AK7 rifle, 30 rounds of live ammunition and fire magazines and over N150,000 they stole from their victim.
â€œWe had earlier warned that the people involved in such activities will soon meet their waterloo. And we are very optimistic that those who escaped will be arrested soon.â€
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, who craved anonymity, saidÂ â€œwhile I was in the bank, I heard the cashier telling somebody on the phone that it is First Bank, Ugbowo. And he attended to me in less than ten minutes.”
â€œBut I was shocked when I drove out with children, they trailed me and immediately demanded that I gave them the cash I went to collect. They collected it and ran away. But few minutes later, the police came after them and the one who collected the money from me was killed in the shoot out.â€