In an exchange of gun battle, a suspected armed robber and an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Bayelsa state command have been killed. The incident took place along Kolo Creek in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state today, April 12. According to sources, the incident took place along Kolo Creek in Ogbia local government area of the state on Wednesday, April 12. The gang of suspected armed robbers operating in the area laid an ambush for a patrol van of the NSCDC operatives. The armed robbers reportedly laid an ambush for the civil defenders after allegedly attacking a police checkpoint first along the road. At about 12:24 am on Wednesday, the robbers were said to have allegedly caught the policemen off guard and disarmed the cops.
A security source claimed the suspected armed robbers caught the policemen off guard and succeeded in forcing them to surrender their weapons. The source said the robbers made away with about three Ak47 rifles and several rounds of ammunition belonging to the police. He said: “When they escaped from the scene, they sighted a security patrol van manned by operatives of the NSCDC and hid in the bush. When the van approached, they opened fire on it killing one of the operatives. ”But the operatives fired back at the hoodlums and gunned down one of the armed robbers while others escaped later.’ It was gathered that the remains of the slain armed robber with his pump action rifle were recovered by the civil defenders and brought to NSCDC headquarters in Yenagoa.
They reportedly handed over to the state Commandant of NSCDC, Desmond Agu. Agu confirmed that armed robbers laid ambush for a patrol van of the corps and killed one of the operatives, praising his men for fighting back and overpowering them with their superior gunfire resulting in the killing of one of the robbers. However, Agu, said he was not aware of the attack on a police checkpoint, noting that he had handed over the riffle and the corpse of killed robber to the state’s police command.