The Police Command in Abia on Tuesday said it killed a suspected member of a notorious armed robbery gang identified as Sampson Nwokocha, aka as Grave, who had been terrorising Umuahia, the state capital and its environs.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ene Okon, who made this known to newsmen, said that he was shot dead after a gun battle with his men, following a tip off.
He said that Nwokocha, who was recently released from prison had been on the watch list of the command following his alleged numerous criminal activities.
He said, “It would be recalled that on 6th and 10th November 2019, Nwokocha and his gang invaded a hotel and robbed staff and guests. During the operation, one policeman on duty was shot dead and his rifle carted away.
“Also on November 10, 2019, Nwokocha and his gang robbed attendants and customers of a filling station on Bank Road, Umuahia.
“On different occasions, he led a gang that snatched vehicles from their owners within and outside of the capital city at gunpoint.
“He also robbed other locations and planned to attack the Correctional Service Centre (Prison) in Umuahia in order to liberate his mother and other people.”
Okon warned criminals desist from their criminal activities or relocate as the command would not spare them.