One armed robbery suspect has been shot dead while several others escaped with gunshot wounds in a crossfire with Police in Nsukka.
The command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday that SARS engaged the bandits at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
Amaraizu said that the fatally injured hoodlum was later taken to the hospital, where a doctor certified him dead.
He said that an automatic single barrel gun was recovered from the bandit.
He also said that the group had been a torn on the flesh on members of the public, especially within Odenigwe Road axis of Nsukka and its environs.
“It was gathered that SARS operatives in Nsukka zone had encountered the suspected hoodlums at about 7:15 p.m. in the night during their routine patrol.
“On sighting the hoodlums, exchange of fire ensued between SARS operatives and the hoodlums which left one of the suspected armed robbers fatally injured.
“While leaving others, who had taken to their heels, with various degrees of injuries,’’ he said.
Amaraizu said that a manhunt had been intensified toward getting the fleeing members of the gang.
“The state command is appealing to hospital owners in the state and its environs to watch out for those who may approach them with suspected bullet wound for treatment and report promptly to any nearby police station.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Okpongkpong Imaikop, has lauded the effort of SARS operatives and the timely information of the members of the public.
“While maintaining that the command will stop at nothing toward ensuring that there is functional security in the state,” he said.
According to him, the deputy commissioner also advised would-be hoodlums and mischief makers to have a change of mind.
He quoted the DCP as saying that the command was working in partnership with sister security agencies and will not rest on it oars until the entire area is secured.