The police in Rivers State have foiled an armed robbery operation in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, at a news briefing in Port Harcourt on Tuesday displayed the body of an alleged armed robber, and the firearms and vehicles recovered.
“On April 18, 2016 at about 10:30 am, following an information that a Toyota Venza snatched at gun point three days ago was sighted along Psychiatric road, Port Harcourt, teams of policemen quickly mobilized, trailed and engaged the vehicles occupants in a gun duel,” Mr. Kimo said.
“One of the hoodlums was fatally wounded while one AK 47 rifle, six magazines, 270 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition and thirteen pieces of objects suspected to be dynamite, and five different brands of vehicles were recovered.”
The commissioner said the armed robbers were on their way to rob a bank in Port Harcourt.
He said the police was investigating the incident, and that it would arrest the fleeing member of the robbery gang.
The following vehicles were recovered by the police: Lexus Jeep RX 300, ash colour, with license plate number, Rivers KRK 957 BX; Toyota Highlander, ash colour, with license plate number, Rivers AHD 159 SJ; Toyota Venza, green colour, license plate number, Rivers NCH 262 ST; Toyota Lexus RX 300, grey colour, number, Lagos LSR 957 DU; Toyota Corolla, ash colour, license number, Abuja ABC 433 VH.
The commissioner said the police on April 17, 2016 raided a criminal hideout at Umoda Aluu, following a tip off, and recovered two AK 47 rifles, four magazines, 31 rounds of 7.62 live ammunitions and a Lexus jeep 300, with license plate number, Abuja SARS ABU 295 DW.
One man, Chima Nnorum, was arrested during the raid, the commissioner said.