A robbery attempt by a middle-aged man to hijack a bag containing N3.5m from an unsuspecting victim near a commercial bank in Awka, was foiled by the Anambra State Police Command.
Eyewitness accounts indicated that the misadventuring robber, Chukwuemeka Afor, engaged the police in a gun battle, thereby, endangering lives and public property in his desperate bid to flee.
“He was shooting indiscriminately. Four persons were hit during the duel, but the police eventually overpowered him because he sustained gunshots in the process,” the eye witness said.
Mr Haruna Mohammed, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, and added that a firearm, as well as the stolen money were recovered when the suspect was Arrested.
In the words of the vocal PPRO :
“Police operatives attached to the Department of Operations Awka and stationed at Regina Caeli junction by Zenith Bank PLC along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Awka responded to a distress call of armed robbery where a hoodlum armed with automatic pump action rifle and firing indiscriminately, snatched a bag containing N3.5m from one Ebuka Ukeakpu.
“The suspect, one Chukwuemeka Afor, aged 25 years, a native of Akpoga Nkanu South local government area, Enugu State, who was almost lynched by the mob was arrested while the firearm and the snatched money were also recovered from him.
“However, four persons were hit with stray pellets discharged by the suspect, but not life-threatening. Those who sustained injuries were rushed to the police hospital Awka along with the suspect who was mercilessly beaten by the mob.”
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano has rewarded the policemen who foiled the robbery with N2 million cash in order to boost their morale and to serve as an encouragement to others.
The governor’s wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano equally donated four bags of 50Kg rice to the police operatives who were three Inspectors, four Sergeants and one Constable. They were attached to the Department of Operations and MOPOL 29 PMF, Awka.
Mr John Abang, the state Commissioner of Police, promised that the state police command under his watch would continue to enhance safety and security in the state, as well as, thanked the governor and his wife for motivating the officers.