Saturday, 31 December 2011

Police, robbers in gun battle in Warri

A gang of armed robbers, dressed in camouflage army uniform, which has been terrorizing the residents of Warri and environs in Delta State, weekend, opened fire on policemen at Effurun in Delta State, injuring a policeman at the end of the gun battle.

A source told Vanguard that the bandits were responsible for the killing of a couple and their sales girl at a jewelry shop in Warri, penultimate week, though two of them were later killed by security agents.

On Friday, the robbers, armed with AK 47 and other sophisticated rifles engaged the policemen in a shootout as soon as they sighted them in their bid to scare the security agents.

In the ensuing crossfire, a policeman was injured, but the bandits abandoned their vehicle and made good their escape.

Delta state police spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, who confirmed the incident told Vanguard, today, that the robbers deliberately opened fire on the policemen when they saw them.

Contrary to the report that a policeman was killed, he said, “That is not true, a policeman was injured, but the robbers abandoned their vehicle and escaped through the creek”.

However, most residents in Warri have been complaining of incessant attacks by bandits in recent times.

Coordinator of the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq. told Vangaurd , “The spate of armed robbery and other criminal activities in Warri and neighbouring communities in recent times have become alarming”.

He urged the Delta State Government and the Commissioner of Police in the state to rise up to their responsibility to the people, as the government owes it as duty to the people to provide them security.

Meanwhile, some concerned citizens in the state have urged the police to stop collecting money from motorcyclists arrested from flouting the restriction order on movement of motorcycles after 7.00 pm in Warri and environs.

Some of the citizens who spoke to Sunday Vanguard said the order restricting movement of motorcycles after 7.00 pm because criminals were using it as a means to ferry their arms was a good directive, but the police should not collect money from offenders and release them.


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