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Police Kill 2 Suspected Cattle Rustlers In Delta

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The Delta Police Command has confirmed the killing of two suspected armed robbers who attacked cattle rearers along a bush path near Okpara Waterside, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.

The state police public relations officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, confirmed the killing of the suspects in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Asaba.

Kalu said the deceased were suspected members of a robbery gang that attacked some herdsmen working for one Alhaji Ibrahim, a cattle merchant in the state.

She said, “On June 1, 2015, one Alhaji Ibrahim of Aziza junction, along Warri/Sapele road, reported at the Isiokolo Police Station that gunmen have attacked his cattle rearers in the bush.

“He said he received distress call from his boys rearing his cattle in a bush at Okpara Water Side that they were under attack by unknown gun men.’’

She added that a patrol team was quickly mobilised to the scene, and the assailants who were about four engaged the policemen in a gun battle.

According to her, the hoodlums operated with a Honda Accord car with Reg. No. SE 858 AAA, which they abandoned and fled into the bush.

“The policemen courageously pursued them into the bush and during an ensuing gun duel, gunned down two of the hoodlums while others escaped.

“The injured suspects, however, gave up the ghost while they were being rushed to hospital for treatment,’’ she said.

Among the items recovered from the suspects are 6 locally fabricated cut-to-size guns, 2 Nokia handsets and the Honda Accord car.

The police spokesperson said the force were currently on the trail to ensure that the fleeing suspects are nabbed.

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