The police in Imo State yesterday confronted a six man dear-devil armed robbery gang in a gun duel that lasted for over a half hour in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.
While four out of the six hoodlums escaped, the Police officers killed one and arrested the only female criminal among the gang .
According to an eyewitness, the incident happened at the 7up depot in the Orlu town at noon.
When Punch correspondent visited the Orlu police Area command office in Orlu town , the lifeless body of the killed robber and his female accomplice were seen, as people gathered to take a look at them.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, told Punch correspondent that an alarm was raised when the gunmen invaded the 7up depot around noon which prompted police response.
Ezike said “as at 12:30 pm on Friday, a six man armed robbery gang invaded a 7up company Depot in Orlu town . An alarm was raised by the citizens which led to an immediate response by the police. In an attempt to overpower our men, the hoodlum engaged them in a shootout. While one of them died , the only female robber among the gang was arrested while the four others fled “.
The CP informed that the nabbed female robber was one 28 year old Comfort Okon from Akpabio LGA of Akwa Ibom state.
Ezike disclosed that the police had intensified investigation to arrest the fleeing four, adding” we will continue to make Imo State a difficult train for these hoodlums to operate “.
According to the CP, one AK47 Rifle, four rounds of live Ammunition, a motorcycle and the sum of N193,980 were recovered as exhibits from the gunmen.