Officers of the Nigeria Police Anambra command have gunned down a man alleged to have snatched a bag containing N3.5m from a victim near a new generation bank in Awka, the state capital.
An eyewitness the suspect, Chukwuemeka Afor, had engaged the police in a gun duel for several hours in an attempt to escape with the loot.
“He was shooting indiscriminately. Four persons were hit during the gun battle. But the police overpowered him, because he sustained gunshot injuries in the process,” the eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the command, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident to our correspondent, saying suspect was arrested and a firearm and the stolen money were recovered from him.
“Police operatives attached to the Department of Operations, Awka, and stationed at the Regina Caeli junction by the Zenith Bank Plc, along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Awka, responded to a distress call that a hoodlum armed with an automatic pump action rifle was firing indiscriminately after snatching a bag containing N3.5m from one Ebuka Ukeakpu.
“The suspect, Chukwuemeka Afor, 25, a native of the Akpoga Nkanu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, who was almost lynched by a mob, was arrested, while the firearm and the snatched money were recovered from him.
“However, four persons were hit by stray pellets fired by the suspect, but their injuries are not life threatening.” Mohammed said.
He added that those who sustained injuries were rushed to the Police Hospital, Awka, while the suspect, who was beaten to a pulp by the mob, was responding to treatment.
According to him, the case was under investigation after which the suspect would be brought to justice.