Police intercept sophisticated weapons in Abakaliki

The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Sunday, intercepted 753 live ammunition of General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).

The ammunition was concealed in a sack being transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki, the State capital, to Umuahia, capital of Abia State.

This is coming in the wake of violent attacks on police formations in the South East and South South regions of the country.

Gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been blamed for the attacks.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, explained that the deadly ammunition was intercepted following intelligence-driven covert operation.

According to him, the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition, is part of efforts by the Force to identify and crack down on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country.

Mba stressed that comprehensive investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crime are ongoing.

The Force spokesman also disclosed that following investigations into the foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State which occurred last week Tuesday, Policemen led by the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, last Thursday stormed the hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

He explained that the suspects on sighting the Police squad, opened fire on them.

”The Police team engaged them gallantly and professionally. At the end, three members of the gang including two male and one female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire. Other suspects fled in different directions.

”Two Ak47 riffles, five pump action guns, six pistols, fifty Ak47 ammunition, one hundred and twenty-six cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered. A Honda Pilot Jeep with Reg No. ABJ 163 NV used for the foiled bank robbery was also recovered by the Police Team,” he said.

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