Rita Enemuru, Reporting
OPERATIVES of Delta State Police Command have neutralised a 58-year-old suspected armed robber along Chevron Road, Warri, Delta State.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, and made available to Stonix News on Sunday.
The unidentified suspect, a member and armourer of the dreaded “bobone” armed robbery gang terrorizing Warri and its environs met his unfortunate end in an attempt to escape from the police after he was arrested.
The statement affirmed that after the suspect was arrested by operatives of ‘A’ Division at his criminal hideout, he confessed and gave out the whereabouts of his gang.
When the operatives were trying to apprehend the gang members, they attacked the officers with gunshots.
It was in retaliation to the attack that the suspect was shot in the leg and gave up the ghost in the hospital.
Recovered from the deceased during his arrest were one AK-47 rifle and three magazines.
“In line with the directive of the Commissioner of Police CP Wale Abass psc, to DPOs, and Area commanders on the need to sanitize their areas of responsibilities by ensuring that criminals do not find comfort in the state, the DPO ‘A’ Division Warri CSP T.Y Mahmud acting on credible intelligence on 23/6/2023 at about 0645hrs led operatives of ‘A’ Division Warri and stormed the hideout of a criminal gang located along stadium road Warri, arrested a 58yr old suspect and recovered one AK-47 rifle and three magazines, upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member and armourer of the dreaded “bobone” armed robbery gang terrorizing Warri and environs.
“He also gave the police additional information on the location of the other gang members and later led the Police to their hideout along Chevron Road where the team on approaching the hideout, came under serious attack by his gang members, but the suspect in an attempt to escape, was fatally maimed on his leg, thereby preventing his escape.
“His gang members escaped with gunshot injuries, while the suspect was taken to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment. Manhunt for the other gang members is ongoing,” the statement read.