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A joint team of the Military and Police have neutralized a suspected gunman along Onitsha/Owerri Expressway junction leading to Okija Nkwo Market in Anambra State.

The team had received a distress call at about 9:30 am on Saturday that some hoodlums blocked the road and were robbing and extorting motorists.

The Joint Forces responded swiftly and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel, neutralizing one of the armed men while others escaped the scene with bullet wounds, the State Police Spokesperson, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, stated.

The team recovered four automatic pump actions, one cutlass, an ash color Lexus Jeep 350 with reg. no KJA- 666HE, one white Toyota Hilux jeep without reg nos., one white Toyota Corolla with reg. no HAL- 732RF, one sliver Highlander jeep without reg nos, four motorcycles without reg. no.

In another development, Police Operatives, while on clearance operation on Friday, sighted another criminal gang at Nkwo Market, Okija, harassing sellers/buyers and residents in the area.

According to the Police Spokesperson, the Operatives engaged the armed men in a gun duel, killed one, and recovered two automatic pump actions and one machete.

He added that there was no casualty on part of the Operatives, and the situation had been brought under control. However, an operation is still ongoing to apprehend the other fleeing gang members.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, while charging the Operatives to sustain the tempo against the onslaught on criminal elements, ordered patrols be intensified and improved operational positioning to respond to distress calls in the State.

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