One of the members of suspected armed rubbers on Wednesday 31st March, 2021, has been killed along the Makurdi-Laafia road by the Benue state police command.
XYZNEWS Nigeria gathered that the armed robbers were fully dressed in police and military regalia, mounted road blocks along the busy Makurdi-Laafia Road, and carting away valuable properties of the residents.
Policemen in the area came to the scene and engaged them in a gun fire battle. And one of the robbers was hit by bullets while others escaped to a nearby bush.
Though he was rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, he was confirmed dead on arrival.
According to DSP Catherine Anne, the Benue state Police Public Relations Officer,
“On March 31, 2021, around 12.10am, a team of police officers on patrol encountered armed robbers in military and police uniforms robbing commuters of their belongings.”
“On sighting the police, the robbers engaged the police in a gun battle, but were overpowered by police response and repelled to a nearby bush.”
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“One of the robbers sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.”
The police public relation officer added that the corpse of the deceased was deposited in the hospital’s morgue. She added that investigation is still ongoing.
However there has been a report that there is a regrouping of rubbers and concurrent attacks on the road users.
More Police Officers are therefore deployed to Màkurdi-Lafia road to combat any robbers on sight and bring relief to the road users.