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Police, suspected Kelvin gang in gun battle

…2 killed, 4 arrested

By Emma Amaize

WARRI— A GUN battle between the police and a gang of robbers believed to be members of arrested kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Oniarah’s gang, yesterday, left two people dead, in Delta State.

Two of the gangsters were gunned down by the police during the battle, while others fled with bullet wounds.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, who confirmed the death of two suspects, said that four supposed members of the gang were apprehended.

Among them were those that cut off the finger of a high court judge, kidnapped in Edo State. He said they were rounded up during a mop up operation by the police.

One AK-47 rifle, number 58-25006074 with 19 rounds of live ammunition, one pump action gun with seven live cartridges and a Toyota car were recovered from the suspects.

During yesterday’s battle, he said, members of the kidnap/robbery gang parked their vehicle, a Toyota Camry, at the premises of a haulage company, Warri, at 11.00 am.

“The attention of 31 Police Mobile Force, personnel on duty at the company premises was drawn and as the policemen were approaching the vehicle, the suspects zoomed off.

“They were given a hot chase and the criminals suspecting that the police were closing in, opened fire. There was an intense exchange of gun fire and two of the suspects were killed. Mopping up operation by the police on the remnants of the gang is yielding fruits and the haulage company’s case has been referred to Enerhen Police Station for further investigation,” he added.



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