By Anayo Okoli
ABA—Two robbery suspects that attacked a popular filling station in Ovom, Ogbor Hill area of Aba, Abia State, were shot dead on Easter Sunday while escaping from a robbery scene.
Vanguard learned that the incident took place around 4 pm at one Dan Dollars Petrol Station. It was gathered that the robbers, who were heavily armed, invaded the station and carted away huge sums of money after which they escaped through Eziukwu Road by Railway in Aba.
Eyewitnesses said patrol team attached to Ndiegoro and Central Police Station, Aba led by the Divisional Police Officer Ndiegoro and Commander of the newly inaugurated Tactical Response Squad, TRS, of the command, swung into action and intercepted the hoodlums.
The hoodlums opened fire on sighting the patrol team and in the ensuing gun battle, two of them were gunned down and one identified as Ugochukwu Emeka Uche was arrested.
Two Toyota vehicles, SUV with number plate DR 413 ENU and Corolla Saloon car with number plate EPE 568 EM snatched from one David Gobble of Ogbor-Hill Aba were recovered. Other items recovered included three locally made shotguns, live and expended cartridges, nine GSM phones, one wristwatch, one national ID card bearing Uzoefuna Ifechi Kingsley, two wedding rings and cash sum of N65,020.
Confirming the incident, Abia State police Spokesman, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said investigation had commenced towards arresting the fleeing members of the gang.