Armed robbers who attacked one Uchenna Mark Ugoji at Mountain of Fire, Rumuola area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on July 13, around 8pm, shot him dead just after he handed over his car keys to them.
Late Uchenna Mark Ugoji who was ordered out of his 4-Runner Jeep, had alighted from the Jeep when he got shot by the armed robbers. Sources disclosed that deceased who will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 5, in his hometown, Ubakala, Umuahia, Abia State, died while he was rushed to the hospital.
There was also a report of an armed robbery suspect who was shot dead while escaping with a snatched Lexus RX 350 Jeep, after a robbery operation at Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital. The gang snatched the car at gunpoint from the owner.
The Ogun State police command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said the bandit was killed by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), having attempted to escape.
He said the deceased was a member of an armed robbery gang who operated in Abeokuta and environs, adding that immediately after the incident, a distress call was made to the police and the Police chief, piqued by the audacity of the hoodlums gave a matching order to the FSARS Commander, Uba Adam, that the suspects must be brought to book.
Mr Oyeyemi added that,in compliance with the commissioner’s directive, the FSARS teams manning various exit points in the state were alerted to be on lookout for the snatched vehicle and the suspects.
He said, luck however ran against the gang when the FSARS team stationed along Sango Ota area sighted the said vehicle and gave it a hot chase, adding that the gang, having realized that the game was up and in a bid to escape, opened fire on the policemen and the officers returned fire for fire.