The Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom Command, says it has neutralised two suspected armed robbers and arrested another in Uyo, the state capital.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) SP Odiko MacDon disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.
MacDon said the Command received a distress call on Sept. 19, at about 01:50am of an armed robbery incident at Udoette School Road, UNIUYO by Ikpa road area, Ikot Udoro and environs in Uyo Local Government Area.
He said in response to the distress call, men of the Quick Response Unit of the command swung into action and on sighting the police, the armed robbers allegedly engaged them in a gun duel.
The PRO said during the gun duel, two of the notorious robbers were fatally injured while one Godswill Isaac was arrested.
He listed some of the items recovered from the arrested suspects to include, 4 locally made pistols, 15 live cartridges, 2 expanded cartridges, 1 big iron cutter, 2 machetes, and a dagger.
Other items were two plasma televisions, 1 woofer MP3, 1 HP computer laptop, 10 Android phones, 5 smaller phones, N15,700 cash and 8 dollars.
MacDon said most of the victims had visited the police command for identification and collection of their belongings.
The PRO further said that operatives of the anti-kidnapping squad of the command had arrested two wanted notorious armed robbers in the state.
MacDom, who gave their names as, Gospel Effiong a.k.a Python, Solomon Okon, a.k.a Eblem, said they were arrested for alleged robbery and rape.
He said that during interrogation, both suspects confessed to being members of a robbery gang responsible for robbing unsuspecting commuters in tricycles and minibuses in Uyo and environs.
MacDon added that the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, CP Olatoye Durosinmi, had warned criminal elements either domiciled or operating in the state to desist from their stock in trade or be ready to be flushed out.
He quoted the CP as saying that the task of keeping Akwa Ibom safe was a task for the command.
He noted that the command remained resolute in its determination to rid the state of criminal elements. (NAN)