Delta Police Shot Suspected Ring Leader of Armed Robbery Gang, Recover Arms

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Command of the Nigerian Police has reported the arrest of one Kingsley Ekugbe ‘m’ aged 27 yrs of Uwaise in Udu LGA, described as the gang leader of a notorious group involved in killing, kidnapping and robbing people of their belongings.

According to a statement released by the command’s Public relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said on 30th November through credible information and intelligence gathering the suspect was trailed by the Anti-Kidnapping  Unit of the Command to his hideout in Ubeji.

The report stated that the suspect, on sighting the police, opened fire and the police responded with superior fire power, adding that in the ensuing gun battle, the suspect sustained gunshot wound, pursued, arrested and rushed to Police Clinic Warri., where he was later confirmed dead.

The PPRO stated that one locally made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from the deceased who was suspected to be responsible for several killings, which included: the murders of one Obus Sophrum ‘m’ killed at Igbiki in Udu LGA on 29/08/2019, one Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh ‘m’ former SA to the Governor of Delta State killed in the month of February, 2019 shortly before the 2019 general election and one Oghene killed at Iyara, Warri on 17/09/2019 amongst others.

DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya explained that the deceased had been on the blacklist of the command and had been declared wanted for various crimes.

While saying that the corpse had been deposited at the Central Hospital Mortuary in Agbor for autopsy, the PPRO reported the Commissioner of Police of assuring all Deltans of his commitment to their safety and security at all times.

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