In a viral video, some Imo residents were heard hailing men of the state police command for preventing a robbery incident at a jewellery shop in Ikeneagbu area of the state on Saturday, July 29.
Confirming the robbery incident, the spokesperson of the command, ASP Henry Okoye, said the assailants numbering about seven, armed with sophisticated weapons and with some of them in military apparels, came with a white Hilux covered plate number and were robbing a Jewelry shop situated at Ikeneagbu in Imo State.
‘’On the receipt of this information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc(+), promptly mobilized the Command’s Tactical team and personally led the operatives to the scene.
On sighting police operatives, the hoodlums opened fire but were overwhelmed by the dexterity showcased by the gallant operatives who professionally maneuvered into vintage position and return fire which forced the hoodlums to succumb to their superior fire power. In the gun duel that ensued, one of the hoodlum was neutralized, two were arrested while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.” Okoye said
He stated that items recovered from criminals include Two(2) pump action guns, Four (4) locally made pistol, Eight (8) rounds of live cartridges, one (1) expanded cartridges, a white helix used for the operation with reg.no BRR 586 XA i.e. after removing the black cloth used in covering the plate number, Jewries valued millions of naira, Two military under polo, Two special forces t-shirts, Face Mask and bags containing other stolen items were recovered.
Okoye disclosed that due to the swift response of the police, none of the shop owners or customers were hurt.
‘’Manhunt is intensified to arrest other fleeing suspects and the manufacturers of the locally made pistols. The duo suspect will be investigated thoroughly and arraigned in court upon completion of a discreet investigation by the Command’s Tactical Team. While the body of neutralizes suspect will be deposited at the morgue.’‘ he said
While commending the operatives for a job well-done, the Commissioner of Police urged them to sustain the tempo in the ongoing crusade against all forms of crime and criminality in the State. The CP thanked the good people of Imo State for their unalloyed support and cooperation with the Police and beckon on Imolites, in particular owners of hospitals and other first aid outlets to swiftly report any person seen with or treating gunshot injuries to the nearest police station or via the Command’s emergency line via 08034773600 or 08098880197.
A video shared online shows residents of the state hailing the police officers after the incident, for apprehending some of the suspects and neutralizing others.
Watch the video below…