Two members of deadly armed robbery gang that has been terrorizing residents of Enugu and neighbouring states, have been arrested while a third was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with police.
According To Anambra Broadcasting Service, the gunmen, wearing police caps and armed with police rifles stormed the popular Obiagiu Council Bus stop in the Ogui New Layout, Wednesday, August 24th and held residents hostage. The police arrived the scene following a distress call and engaged the daredevil robbers in a shoot out. At the end of the shooting which lasted for about 20 minutes, one was gunned down, two arrested while others snatched two vehicles with which they made their escape.
The gunmen shooting reportedly continued along the Bisalla Road, Independence Layout as they tried to find an exit point. An eyewitness who runs a joint at the Council Bus Stop in Obiagu, narrated how the shooting started.
“The shooting started as I was offloading water from the boot; as I tried to run, one of thm asked, ‘where is the key?” I dropped my car keys for them and ran for my life; but they had problems with my car and abandoned it only to snatch a Sienna and Corolla as alternative,” he said.
The Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu (DSP) who confirmed the incident said the police were still on the trail of the others and would soon arrest them just as he urged residents to be calm as the Command was doing everything possible to beef up security to guarantee safety of lives and property in all parts of the state.