The Enugu Police Command said its operatives have engaged a gang of robbers and cultists in a shootout in Nsukka town and gunned down two notorious members of the gang.
According to SP Ebere Amaraizu, Police Public Relations Officer, the incident happened on Saturday 9th December 2017.
He said Police recovered one locally made single barrel gun with five cartridges from the suspects.
The dead suspects have been identified as Igwebuike Ugwu alias Ntu and Ifeanyi Eya alias Hero.
Amaraizu said the two men were members of the Vikings cult that had been terrorized the university town of Nsukka.
“One of the deceased, Ifeanyi Eya, alias Hero, was the Capo of the Viking Cult group in the university town of Nsukka,’’ he said.
“It was further gathered that the deceased suspects and their cohort have been involved in various armed robbery incidences at students’ hostels at Hill-top Area of Nsukka and its environs”.
Amaraizu said that their corpses had been deposited at Bishop Shanaham Mortuary, Nsukka
He said police swooped on the robbery gang after they received a distress call that members of the gang were operating along Agbu Ugwu lane and dispossessing people of their belongings.
“It was further gathered that suspects engaged the operatives in a gun duel and were over-powered by the operatives leaving suspects fatally injured while other members of the gang suspected to have been touched by bullets escaped through the bush”.
The Police PRO said manhunt for other fleeing members of the gang has been intensified.
He urged hospitals and clinics to report promptly anyone seeking medical attention for suspected gunshot injury.