The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a member of the gang that robbed a branch of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in Issele-Uku on March 30.
The armed gang reportedly attacked the bank and the Issele-Uku Police Division around 4p.m on the said day.
According to a statement by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright, two civilian and a Police Inspector were also killed in the attack.
Bright stated that the attackers destroyed the bank’s security doors with dynamites to gain access into the banking hall, and carted away undisclosed amounts of money.
He said the Police had engaged the attackers in a gun battle which resulted in the fatalities, as efforts were on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.
Speaking, Bright said: “ The Commissioner of Police (CP), Delta State, Ari Muhammed Ali, had on getting information on the robbery, quickly mobilised patrol teams from the State Police Headquarters Asaba to Issele-Uku, led by the DC Operations, DCP Olaleye Faleye who engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.
“ The hoodlums escaped in two vehicles but were chased and consequently, they abandoned their vehicles and escaped into the bush. However, an Inspector of Police, Anioma Security Watch Vigilante member and a civilian died while one of the hoodlums was killed and their vehicles full of blood were recovered.
“ Also recovered is one AK 47 rifle breech No. 9558 with empty magazine painted with Police color. The command is appealing to members of the public with useful information that will aid the arrest of these hoodlums to please avail such information to the Commissioner of Police. ”