Security operatives of the Lagos State Police Command shot dead dead an armed robbery suspect during a gun battle between the Police and members of his notorious gang in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland.
According to the Command spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, a tip-off from a well-meaning citizen to the DPCO in charge of Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, changed the game for the terror gang.
The gang was said to have stabbed to death one Sylvester Chikwendu, suspected to be a rival cult member at about 6:40 pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Demuren Street, Alapere.
The DPO however mobilised a crack team to the scene to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
“He told his men to narrow the road and gave them a clear description of the gang’s operational car,” Oti said.
He added that when the gang approached the police zone, they became desperate and opened fire on the operatives in their last ditched effort to evade arrest, eliciting an immediate response from the team.
However, in the ensuing gun battle, one of them bowed to death as a result of bullet wounds sustained during the fight while the others escaped with varying degrees of injuries, abandoning some items which had since been recovered from the scene.
Items recovered included a Toyota Camry saloon car without registration plate; one pump action rifle; one locally-made revolver pistol; one locally made single barrel pistol, five live 9mm calibre ammunition; three live cartridges; two expended cartridges; two cutlasses; charms (Juju) and assorted clothing, the Police said.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, warned that the quick resolution of a crime that started at Alapere should signal criminal elements that the security in place in the state is virtually impregnable.
He further noted that with ember month at hand, police personnel serving in the state are under firm instruction to decisively subdue perpetrators of violent crimes.
Edgal however, appealed to health care professionals including native doctors and other care-givers, to be on the lookout for patients with bullet wounds and inform the police within two hours of commencement of treatment in line with the Compulsory Treatment of Victims of Gunshot Act.