The Cross River Police Command on Wednesday said it had killed one suspected armed robber and arrested six others shortly after the hoodlums robbed a micro-finance bank in Calabar South.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, disclosed this in Calabar while briefing journalists on the successes recorded by the command against the gang.
Mr. Ozi-Obeh, who presented the suspects to journalists at the command’s headquarters, said the incident took place on Tuesday along Mayne Avenue by Inyang Street.
According to him, the surveillance team attached to Atakpa police division received a distress call from members of the public informing them about the robbery incident at the Micro-Finance bank.
“On November 15, men of the surveillance team attached to the Atakpa police division received a distress call of a bank robbery in Calabar South.
“My men immediately swung into action and confronted the gang in a serious gun battle which eventually led to the death of one of them by name Alex.
“We also arrested six of them and when searched, we recovered one black Toyota Camry without number plate; one locally made pistol, a laptop, cell phones, ATM cards and others.
“Out of the six suspects arrested, one of them is in the hospital receiving treatment after receiving serious gunshots.
“I must respectfully commend members of the public who availed us with the useful information that led to the arrest of these suspects,’’ he said.
The Commissioner said that no money was recovered from the suspects, adding that the war against criminality in the state was a continuous exercise requiring the efforts of all.
“We implore the general public to continue to avail us with useful and timely information through our help lines designated to enable us serve the people better,’’ he said.