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Police Intercepts 753 GPMG Ammunition between Ebonyi and Abia States

By Chinedum Nkeneme

May 3, 2021

 

In a bid to stemming the unbridled insecurity across Nigeria, the Nigeria Police has routinely intercepted 753 General Purpose Machine Gun, GPMG, ammunition on Transit between Ebonyi and Abia States.

The report gathered that the security operatives attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command who gallantly fought the criminal gang, also recovered 2 AK47 Rifles, 5 Pump Action Guns, 6 Pistols concealed in a sac and transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State to Umuahia in Abia State on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

The intelligence-driven covert operation, which led to the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition, is part of efforts by the Force to identify and crack down on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country. Comprehensive investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crime are ongoing.

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Recall that there was an investigation into a foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State on Tuesday, 27th April, ​2021 by the Police operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, who on April 29, 2021, stormed the criminal hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The suspects on sighting the Police squad, opened fire on them. The Police team reportedly engaged them to defeat.

In the end, the gang including two (2) male and one (1) female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire while other suspects fled in different directions.

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Two (2) Ak47 riffles, five (5) pump action guns, six (6) pistols, fifty (50) Ak47 ammunition, one hundred and twenty-six (126) cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered.

A Honda Pilot Jeep with Reg No. ABJ 163 NV used for the foiled bank robbery was also recovered by the Police Team.

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Unrelenting in their quest to apprehend the remaining suspects, the Police team traced the suspects to a shrine where the robbers usually go for mystical powers before embarking on their robbery operations.

Two (2) of the suspects were eventually arrested from the supposedly safe haven – the shrine, which led to the arrest of additional three (3) members of the gang.

Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and their spiritual godfather – the chief priest of the shrine.

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, while commending the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Aliyu Garba, psc (+) and officers of the command, for excellently harnessing intelligence to nip the crimes in the bud, assured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to improving public safety and combating all forms of violent crimes across the land.

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