One of the most notorious armed robbery and kidnapping kingpins in Abia State has been gunned down in a shoot out with the police.
According to the Vanguard, Onye Army was one of the most notorious crime lord who had been terrorising the city and was shot dead near the Good Morning Market area after his gang had robbed a victim of N3.5 million, which he withdrew from one of the new generation banks along Azikiwe Road.
The police report that after the gang robbed the man, they made to escape through the market, when they saw a stationary police van. They alighted from their car and riddled the van with bullets, not knowing that there was no police officer in the vehicle as they had laid an ambush waiting for them.
In the ensuing gun battle, Onye Army was shot dead, while other members of the gang fled.
Items recovered from the gang, according to the report, included one AK-47 rifle, three magazines, a Toyota Camry car and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ogbonnaya Nta, confirmed the death of the robbery kingpin. He also urged members of the public not to hesitate to assist police with useful information, which could lead to the arrest of the fleeing hoodlums.