The Abia State Police Command on Tuesday killed a suspected notorious armed robber identified as Sampson Nwokocha, aka ‘Grave’ who was known to be a terror to residents of Umuahia and its environs.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, revealed this to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital. He said that they shot him dead after a gun battle with his men following a tip off.
The police boss said that Nwokocha, recently released from prison, is on the watch list of the command; following his alleged numerous criminal activities.
He said, “Recalled that on Nov. 6 and 10, 2019; Nwokocha and his gang invaded a hotel and robbed staff and guests.
“During the operation, they killed one policeman on duty and cart away with his rifle.
“Also on November 10, 2019, Nwokocha and his gang robbed attendants and customers; of a filling station on Bank Road, Umuahia.
“On different occasions, he led a gang that snatched vehicles from their owners; within and outside of the capital city at gunpoint.
“He also robbed other locations and planned to attack the Correctional Service Centre (Prison) in Umuahia; to liberate his mother and other inmates.”
The CP warned criminals to desist from their nefarious activities; or relocate as the command would not spare them.