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Nine Killed As Police Officer Engage Armed Robbers In Gun Battle In Imo Community




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An unnamed Inspector of the Nigeria Police Force in Imo State has reportedly killed two suspected armed robbers.

Naija News learnt that the criminals had on Monday invaded Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state and killed no fewer than seven persons.

The suspects, according to reports, also injured several people during the attack and snatched a vehicle.

It was gathered that the armed robbers, in continuation of their operation, invaded the house of the unnamed officer who is attached to one of the formations in the state command.


The criminals are said to have jumped the perimeter wall fence into the compound at Aforukwu and entered the house of the personnel, destroyed valuable properties and attempted to attack the officer.

A statement, however, issued by the police spokesperson for the command, Micheal Abattam, on Thursday in Owerri, disclosed that the robbers met their waterloo as the police inspector professionally placed himself at a vantage position to engage them (the criminals).

Abattam stated that the remains of the slain robbers had been deposited in a morgue. He assured that the police in the state were committed to apprehending the culprits and securing the state.


The statement read, “On August 4, at about 0222hrs, armed bandits in their numbers, invaded the house of a Police Inspector attached to one of the formations in the Command; the bandits who jumped the perimeter wall fence into the compound at Aforukwu, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, rushed to the flat of the Police Inspector, destroyed the iron burglary protector and front door, entered inside the flat, but were taken by surprise as the Police Inspector who professionally placed himself at a vantage position, engaged the bandits in an aggressive gun duel.

“The hoodlums who were stunned and confused by the staccato sound emanating from the rifle of the Police officer, took to their heels, scampering for safety and were given a hot chase and in the process one of them was neutralized at the spot and others escaped into the surrounding bushes fatally injured.

“The Police Inspector did not relent. He quickly alerted the Divisional Police Officer of Ogbaku Division, who mobilized and rushed to the scene. On arrival, they positioned themselves strategically and professionally, combed the surrounding bushes where a corpse, two locally-made pistols and an Identity Card were recovered.


“The recovered identity card belongs to one of the neutralized bandit in the name of Chukwuemzie Chukwu ‘m’, a native of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State and an electrician.

“It will be recalled that, few days ago, precisely 1st of August 2022, at about 200hrs, the same bandits came on a black Lexus Jeep with no identification number and three motorcycles carrying two persons each, shot and killed seven persons and six others injured, in a building at Orogwe in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, belonging to one Sir Chima Ogbuehi, residing in Lagos. Coincidentally, the Police Inspector lives just a pole away where the previous attack took place.”

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