A five-man armed robbery gang, weekend, killed an aide to the Personal Assistant to Governor Martin Elechi on Internal Security and robbed the wife of the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Chukwuma Nwandugo, in Abakaliki, the state capital.
An eyewitness said the notorious robbery gang had earlier this year successfully raided an ATM machine located along Afikpo road and made away with undisclosed amount of money.
However, the state Joint Military and Police Patrol, allegedly smashed the gang said to have been terrorising the state for a long period of time.
The aide to the governor’s personal assistant (names withheld) was alleged to have met his untimely death when he ran into the robbers with a government vehicle on his way to buy fuel.
Reliable sources said the Joint Military and Police Squad killed one of the hoodlums around the popular Sperando Junction and arrested the remaining four members of the gang when they tried to escape into the bush along Oriuzor in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.
Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent Sylvester Igbo, denied the arrest of any of the gang members, but noted that one of them was killed during a shot-out.
According to him, the police was yet to take delivery of some of the items recovered from the hoodlums as they were still in the custody of the soldiers that assisted in the gun battle.
He said the items recovered among others included one AK-47 rifle, 150 rounds of ammunition, one Berretta pistol with five rounds of ammunition, nine magazines of AK-47 rifles, and two motorcycles.
Igbo further stated that investigations were on to ascertain whether the attack was a case of robbery or assassination of the official, who hailed from Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.