Police operatives in Delta have intercepted and shot dead a member of a four-man robbery gang during a gun duel in the Warri area of the state.
A stolen vehicle was also recovered from the robbery gang, the spokesperson for Delta Police Command said in a statement on Thursday.
According to him, the robbery suspect was killed by the police operatives attached to the “B Division”, Warri, following a distress call to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Bolarinwa Alabi, that some hoodlums snatched a Lexus car on the Warri-Sapele road and using the same vehicle to rob people.
“The DPO swiftly mobilized and led a team of the striking force of the Division, trailed the hoodlums, and caught up with them.
“The hoodlums numbering about four, upon sighting the police, opened fire on the team and the police exchanged fire.
“The hoodlums escaped into the bush while firing at the police but one of them was shot and fatally wounded.
“The injured suspect gave up the ghost while receiving treatment,” he said.
Edafe said that the police recovered one locally made cut-to-size double barrel gun with two live cartridges and one suspected stolen vehicle with registration number PYN 595 PW.
The police spokesman recalled that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations, Johnson Ademola, on Wednesday had a brainstorming meeting with key officers in the command.
During the meeting, Edafe said strategies were mapped out on how to nip the activities of kidnappers in the bud.
He added that tactical commanders were directed to proceed to Ughelli and Warri alongside their men to reinforce the divisions, adding that the result was manifesting.
The command’s spokesman said that the DCP, Operations, had assured Delta residents that the command would leave no stone unturned in the fight against crime and criminalities in the state.
He, therefore, appealed to residents to help the command with useful and credible information to enable the police to do their job effectively, stressing that police always relied on information to execute some operations.