Calabar - 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 newsmen on the successes recorded by
the command against the gang.
Ozi-Obeh, who presented the suspects to newsmen 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.
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“On Nov. 15, men of the surveillance team attached to the
Atakpa police division received a distress call of a bank robbery in Calabar
“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.
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