By David Peter, Calabar
The Nigerian Police command has killed six man gang armed robbers who specialized in car snatching and selling across Akwa Ibom and Cross River State.
The armed robbers met their death during a shoot out with the Police along the Calabar-Itu highway.
The deceased were said to have already contacted a buyer for the stolen vehicle.
However, It was validated that the dead robbers were on their way to Abia state to sell the car they had earlier snatched from a Calabar based Medical Doctor when they met a patrol team of the state command of the Police.
“Today, at about 5.30am, acting on a credible intelligence that a six man armed robbery gang whose specialty is car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River were operating along Calabar-Itu expressway.
“On receipt of the intel, SARS operatives proceeded to the scene, on sighting the Police Hilux the hoodlums opened fire on the operatives. A gun battle ensued and the six armed robbers sustained gun wounds.
“They were taken to the Police hospital in Uyo for treatment but they were confirmed dead by the Doctor. Exhibits recovered were three locally made pistols, ten life cartridges, four expended cartridges, one pump action gun, one unregistered motorcycle, military camouflage cap and a Toyota Camry snatched from the victim, Dr Arinze Obinna, a physiotherapist at the General Hospital, Calabar.”
During an interview with pressmen, the owner of the stolen car stated that the car was stolen at gun point from him while he was returning home with his family by the hoodlums.
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