Policemen attached to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Friday morning shot and killed two members of a suspected robbery gang in Sauka Federal Housing, Lugbe Extension of Abuja.
Spokesperson for the state command, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement that the police received a distress call around 2:15am and swiftly raced to the scene.
He said the robbers engaged the police in a shootout and lost two if their members.
The statement reads: “In fulfilment of its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property, the FCT Police Command has smashed a notorious armed robbery gang that specialise in invading their victims’ homes and robbing them of cash and other valuables at gunpoint.
“On 10/03/2018 at about 0215hrs following a distress call that some armed robbers were robbing some residents of Sauka Federal Housing, Lugbe Extension of cash and other valuables, Police operatives from Lugbe Division immediately mobilised to the scene, but were engaged in a fierce gun confrontation by the armed robbers who opened fire on sighting the team.
“The hoodlums were however repelled by the gallant Policemen whose courage and superior gun power resulted in the death of two of the suspects while others escaped the scene with bullet wounds.
“Having successfully foiled the robbers, the police operatives while combing the scene and the nearby bushes recovered the death bodies of two of the hoodlums, two locally made pistols, nine flat screen Television sets, two Laptops, two cutlasses, one knife, one touch light, one phone, wrist watches, jewelleries, shoes, etc.
“Some victims have shown up at Lugbe Police Division to identify their property from the recovered items.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello who commended the gallantry displayed by the police operatives during their confrontation with notorious armed robbery Gang, assured FCT residents that the Command will remain resolute in its fight against crime in the Federal Capital Territory. He also enjoined hospitals workers and members of the public to alert the nearest police station once anybody is sighted with bullet wounds.
“In another development, police operatives on stop and search duty along Bannex junction on 10/03/2018 at about 0140hrs intercepted one Emeka Nwafor and Onwunali Thankgod with one locally made pistol and two live cartridges; raid extended to their hideout in Mabushi led to the arrest of four additional suspects (Oke David, Jim Williams, Emmanuel Okoro and Uchenna Chukwuma) and recovery of the following exhibits: two live cartridges, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, eleven mobile phones, wallets and some charms. The suspects will be transferred to the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.”