Police smash highway robbery syndicate, recover two AK47 rifles

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According to reports, the Police in Enugu State on Saturday said it has smashed a highway robbery syndicate disguising as military officers at the Nsukka axis of the Enugu-Makurdi Road.

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The police said they recovered two double barrel guns fabricated as AK 47 rifle, money, a pair of boots and torches, among others.

The police spokesman in the State, Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu that the hoodlums were dressed in military camouflage.

Amaraizu said: “The Police Counter Terrorism Unit Axis received a distress call on Thursday that hoodlums had blocked the road by Inyi in Igboeze North and wreaking havoc on their victims.

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“The unit swung into action promptly, which resulted in exchange of fire.

“One of the hoodlums was fatally injured and later confirmed dead by a doctor.

“Another hoodlum identified as Godwin Okpe from Ogbadigbo in Benue, dressed in camouflage, is also fatally injured and being revived to aid operatives in their investigation.

“Others escaped with bullet wounds.”

Amaraizu appealed to members of the public, particularly hospital operators, to watch out for anyone with suspected bullet injury and report promptly to any nearby police station.

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The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Emmanuel Ojukwu, applauded the effort of the policemen.

Ojukwu said that the command would continue to maintain functional security for members of the public as well as motorists in the state.

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