A suspect, Ekugbo Kingsley, believed to be leader of a notorious criminal gang that killed Delta State governor’s aide in Delta State has been gunned down by operatives of the State Police Command in a shoot-out.
The deceased suspect and his gang members were believed to be responsible for a series of kidnappings and robberies across the state .
The Public Relations Officer Delta state , DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya , while confirming the death of the suspect in a statement, said the deceased was believed to be responsible for the murder of a former aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa , late Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh, in February during the 2019 general election.
Onowkpoyeya noted that the 27 – year -old deceased suspect was also believed to be responsible for the murders of one Obus Sophrum killed at Igbiki in August 2019 , and one Oghene killed at Iyara , Warri three months ago , amongst others.
She said Ekugbo was trailed by the anti – kidnapping unit of the command to his hideout in Ubeji community where he opened fire on the operatives who responded swiftly with superior firepower
She said , “ The deceased was responsible for several killings , which included the murders of one Obus Sophrum , who was killed at Igbiki in same council area on August 29 , 2019 , one Lawrence Akpomiemie Ngozi Ijieh , former Special Assistance to the state Governor who was killed in the month of February, 2019 shortly before the 2019 general election and one Oghene killed at Iyara , Warri on September 17 , 2019 amongst others.
“ On sighting the police , the suspect opened fire and the police responded with superior firepower .
“ In the ensuing gun battle , the suspect sustained gunshot wound. He was pursued , arrested and rushed to the police clinic in Warri but was later confirmed dead in the hospital . One locally made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from him . ”
She added that the suspect has been on the wanted list of the command for various crimes .
Police said that the body has been deposited at the Central Hospital Mortuary in Agbor for autopsy .