BY PETER DIRU
MAKURDI — Three robbery suspects were, weekend, gunned down by men of the Benue State police in Gboko East, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.
In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Daniel Ezeala, the trio were among the gang of robbers who had been tormenting the residents of Gboko in recent time.
According to Ezeala, the Police had last Friday received a distress call from residents of Gboko East that a gang of robbers numbering about five had laid siege to the the community.
The PPRO said the gang was reported to have robbed from house-to-house at about 2 a.m, dispossessing their victims of cash, phones and other valuables.
He said: “Our men acted on the call and our patrol team covering the community immediately stormed the area and a gun duel ensued.
“Three of the robbers who sustained serious injuries were arrested while the others escaped into nearby bush. but the arrested members of the gang died on the way to the hospital due to the gravity of the injuries.”
According to the PPRO, some of the items recovered from the robbers included one English double barrel gun, one locally made pistol, 12 live cartridges, 12 assorted mobile phones, N28,000 cash and expended cartridges.
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Katso, had ordered a full scale investigation into the case.