2 Armed Men, 3 Others Killed in Delta Shootings

Delta State Police Command on Friday said two armed men and three other people were killed during a shooting incident in which the police intervened in Udu Local Government Area near Warri.

The state police public relations officer, Bright Edafe, said in a statement that the command headquarters on Thursday morning received information that some armed men were shooting sporadically at Morfor Motor garage in Udu LGA and in the process shot three persons dead.

Edafe said, “The Commissioner of Police Delta State, Ari Muhammed Ali, directed the DPO Ovwian Aladja to go after the hoodlums. The hoodlums on sighting the police escaped towards Udu-Otokutu Expressway in a red Mercury Mariner SUV with Reg. no. Abuja KWL 895 RQ.

“On getting to Igbeki in Ovwian Aladja, they again attempted to attack one Chief (name withheld) unknown to them that the chief had a team of Special Protection Unit (SPU) Operatives escorting him. However, on noticing the presence of the SPU operatives, the hoodlums numbering about four diverted to a street in Igbeki Udu.

“The combined team of SPU Operatives and Ovwian Aladja Patrol teams led by the DPO Ovwian Aladja Division went after the hoodlums. The Police teams engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and in the ensuing shootout, two of the suspected armed robbers sustained gunshot injuries while the other members of the gang escaped into the bush. The injured suspects were
taken to the hospital but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.”

The PPRO said one AK 47 Rifle with breech no. 148399, one magazine loaded with 11 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and three cut-to-size locally made guns were recovered. He said the SUV used by the which is the hoodlums was also recovered.

“The Commissioner of Police while commiserating with the families of the deceased victims also urges members of the public to help the police with any useful information that can lead to the arrest of the oher two fleeing suspects.

“The CP also admonished members of the public to be security conscious at all times, monitor their environment
and report any suspicious movement around them to the Police,” the PPRO said.

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