The suspect was shot while trying to enter a stolen vehicle
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Police Command says it has in its custody the corpse of an alleged armed robber, killed in Wuse Zone 2 while fleeing from a robbery scene.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Wuse Zone 3 Police Division, Haruna Garba, made the announcement on Friday in Abuja while briefing newsmen. He said the police received an anonymous distress call that there was a robbery going on at Pecham Street, Wuse Zone 2, on Thursday, at about 8:15 p.m.
“I dispatched two patrol teams to the scene where they were involved in a shoot out with the armed robbers.
They were three in number, two fled by foot from the scene while one was gunned down in the process of entering the stolen car,” he said.
Mr. Garba said the police recovered an SMG riffle with nine rounds of 9mm live ammunition, a laptop, and three mobile phones from the scene.
The police chief said that the car, a metallic Toyota Highlander jeep, with plate number Gombe AW 808 GME, was reported to have been stolen at Area 11, behind KIA Motors earlier in the day.
He said the owner of the car was one Mr. Caleb from Gombe State, who was in Abuja on a visit. The owner parked the car behind KIA Motors at Area 11, Garki when he and another fellow were approached with a gun and commanded to hand over his car key and lie down in the mud.
He said that the car refused to start because of a security device that had to be disconnected first and so the owner was called again to disengage the device.
He said the armed robbers, not only went away with the car but also took a bag with N20 thousand and four mobile phones.
The DPO said after the shoot out, the police recovered the car, with other items, including the N20 thousand, but the four mobile phones belonging to the victims were not among the items recovered.
Mr. Garba assured Nigerians that the police was doing everything in its power to protect citizens and curb crimes.
He said the police were still trying to identify the fallen armed robber and trace the other suspects still at-large by using the three mobile phones recovered which the police believed belong to the suspects.