Police in Calabar, the Cross River State capital have shot dead four persons suspected to be armed robbers. One of the deceased was said to have been released from prison barely two weeks ago, for allegedly robbing an unidentified man and dispossessing him of some valuables.
The incident occurred Monday morning.
An eye witness who spoke with DAILY POST moments after police drove away with the bodies of the criminals, said they (robbers) were pursued from, “somewhere” where they had robbed a man and were intercepted opposite Government Secondary School, Barracks road where there was an exchange of gunfire.
“At about 12.30 pm, we heard gun shots only to discover that a Police vehicle was pursuing some five persons who were driving in a sport utility vehicle. The Police were shooting and the robbers were replying but we later discover that the State Anti-Robbery Squad which pursued them were better prepared”
“They killed four of the robbers, including one person who some people said was just returned from prison, while one was arrested alive,” the witness said. He said nobody knew where the robbers were pursued from but that exchange of gunfire was fierce opposite the school.”
When the robbers suspected that they were being overpowered, they attempted to run away and this helped the police to gun them down.
“They have just been taken to the Police headquarters and we counted four of them while one was still breathing as at the time they drove away from here,” one Okon Etim who said he lived not too far from the scene said.
When contacted the Spokesperson of the state Police command, ASP Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident but said she could not give the number of dead.