Police in Anambra State have busted a criminal gang, killing one of its members.
A press statement release by the spokesperson of Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, revealed that the gang was accosted at a checkpoint on Sunday evening.
According to him, the gang was travelling in a commercial vehicle from Nnewi to Onitsha, when they were stopped at a checkpoint. One of the gang members quickly drew a beretta pistol, but was gunned down by one of the police personnel.
In the press statement, Ikenga said: “Officers attached to Anambra State Police Command have smashed an armed gang at Igboukwu in Aguata LGA.
“The gang which boarded a commercial bus from Nnewi today, Sunday, 14th January, 2024 arrived at the police checkpoint, and were stopped for a search. One of the hoodlums alighted, pulled a beretta pistol, but was gunned down.
“A search of the bag they were travelling with yielded a concealed dagger.”
Ikenga said two passengers in the vehicles who were deemed not to be a member of the gang, but boarded the vehicle along the way were ordered to be set free by the state police commissioner, Aderemi Adeoye.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police Aderemi Adeoye ordered the immediate release of two elderly passengers who boarded the bus at a different location.
“The command wishes to assure the good people of Anambra State that it will always live up to its responsibility in safeguarding lives and property of all law abiding citizens in the state.”