Police in Enugu State have busted an armed robbery gang’s hideout on Onitsha Road, Enugu where they recovered two assault rifles, one English-made, one locally-fabricated pump action gun and more.
A police spokesman in Enugu State, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, stated in Enugu on Sunday that the sting operation was conducted on the same day the criminals snatched the tricycle.
He confirmed that a member of the gang, Chinenye Nwadike (32), a native of Mbaitoli in Imo, but resident in Enugu was arrested at the hideout while others escaped with bullet wounds.
The sting operation was conducted on the same day the criminals snatched the tricycle.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, January 29, 2023, said police operatives recovered one snatched tricycle, charms, 5 firearms, and 374 live ammunition of different calibres during the sting operation.
‘Police Operatives serving in Octopus Squad ‘B’ of Enugu State Command, on 27/01/2023 at about 9pm, conducted an intelligence-guided sting operation, intercepted and busted at Diamond Estate axis of Onitsha Road Enugu, an armed robbery gang, known to perpetrate heinous crimes within Enugu metropolis and environ under the nebulous name of “Unknown Gunmen”,’ the statement read.
‘One of its members, who gave his name as Chinenye Nwadike (male) aged 32, a native of Mbaitoli in Imo State, but resident at Ndiagha, Amechi-Uwani Enugu, was arrested while others escaped with bullet wounds.
‘The team recovered a yellow-coloured tricycle the suspects were operating in, which was earlier reported snatched by the gang at gunpoint in the evening hours of the same date, at Eke-Otu Amechi-Awkunanaw Enugu.
‘Other exhibits recovered include: two (2) assault rifles, one (1) English-made and one (1) locally-fabricated Pump Action guns eawas conducted on the same day the criminals snatched the tricycle.ch, one (1) double-barreled gun, three hundred and forty-nine (349) live ammunition of 7.62mm calibre, twenty-five (25) live cartridges, one (1) Monday (sledge) hammer, one (1) Battle axe head, four (4) Machetes, two (2) bottles of Six Followers Perfume and objects suspected to be charms.’
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, while commending the operatives for acting on the crime prevention measures of the Command towards the actualization of the operational breakthrough, has charged them to remain steadfast, resolute and ensure that the fleeing members of the gang are fished out.
The CP has enjoined citizens of the State to remain law-abiding, vigilant and continue to assist the Command with credible information and/or intelligence required to clamp down unrepentant criminals in the State, LIB said.