Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have shot dead two bandits said to belong to a gang that has been terrorizing the people of Obiakpo Community in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of the state.
The gang is also said to have participated in the attack on Njaba Police Station and the killing of a police inspector.
The operatives also recovered a locally-made double barrel pump action gun from the hoodlums.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abatam, the police upon gathering credible information swooped on the camp of the bandits.
Abatam further disclosed that on sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire leading to a gun duel during which two of the bandits were gunned down while others fled into the bush with bullet wounds.
He identified one of the dead attackers as Modestus Ugwuoha (a.k.a Modupe).
Abatam said on the 6th of September, 2021 at about 2000 hours, after a diligent gathering of credible information and technical intelligence, the command’s tactical teams mobilised to the camp of the terror group that has been terrorizing the people of Obiapko Community located in Ohaji Egbema LGA of Imo State.
He revealed that on approaching the terror camp, the hoodlums on sighting the command’s tactical teams shot at them, and there was an exchange of gunfire. Due to the superior firing power of the police, two of the hoodlums were neutralised while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.
The gun of the neutralised hoodlums was recovered. A locally made double barrel pump action gun; he stated.
The community went into jubilation on hearing of the death of the two members of the terror gangs. They identified him to be Modestus Ugwuoha (a.k.a “MODUKPE”), an escapee from Imo Correctional Centre Owerri, an ex-convict and the leader of the terror gang that has been violently robbing and raping women in their community. While the other one was said to be one of his vicious gang members.
According to our sources, Modestus Ugwuoha a.k.a “MODUKPE ” and his terror gang masterminded the attack of Njaba Police Station and the killing of a Police Inspector. He has been on the wanted list of the Police command for a very long time.
Meanwhile, the command’s tactical teams are presently combing the bush in pursuit of the fleeing bandits and for the possible recovery of their arms.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, while commending the officers and men for their efforts, enjoined the community to work in synergy with the police command by forming vigilante groups, assisting the police with credible information and report any suspicious person(s) or criminal activities seen in their neighbourhood to the nearest police station; vowing to sustain the raid operations of all criminal hideouts with a view of eradicating criminals in the state.