By Oginyi Nkechinyere
An armed robbery suspect Onyekachi Mmerole from Isiukwuato, Abia State has meet his waterloo along Ivo-Osso Edda High Way while robbing unsuspecting public with his gang over the weekend.
He was shot by police officers from Ebonyi State command during the robbery operation.
Onyeka and his gang had been terrorizing the area robbing unsuspecting public, especially travellers but on 25th of May, a good citizen of the state alerted high way police patrol team while the robbery was going on and the police rushed to the scene, met the armed men on operation and exchanged gunshots with them during which the 30-year-old suspect was shot on the right side of his waist and he fall.
The policemen rushed and arrested him only to discover that what he had was a toy gun while his gang members fled through the bush.
Ebonyi Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odah Loveth, confirmed the report and said effort is on top gear to track down the fleeing suspects so that the road will be free from bandits.
“During the exchange of fire, police shot one of the armed robbers named Onyekachi Mmerole, aged 30 years from Isukwuato, Abia state. The bullet hit him at the right waist and he was arrested while others fled.
“Items recovered include, one long toy gun that looked like pump action, torch light, assorted charm, four thousand four hundred naira and techno phone which belonged to one of the victims whom they robbed.
She said effort is on top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects and assured the public, especially road users that Ebonyi State Police Command will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that they ride off hoodlums from the Osso Edda-Ivo Highway.