The Police in Abia state on Tuesday, gunned down a notorious armed robber identified as Sampson Nwokocha, aka ‘Grave’ who has been terrorizing residents of Umuahia and its environs.
The notorious and wanted armed robber, Grave engaged in an encounter with a tactical team of the Nigeria Police command in Umuahia. He was caught up by the superior fire power of the team. Many people from different parts of the city of Umuahia gathered to confirm his death. Some individuals expressed their joy that at last, they will experience some peace and quietness in the city.
According to reports, there was a huge traffic at Bende road where the Nigerian police command headquarters is located due to the influx of people trooping in and out of the police command headquarters to get a glimpse of the remains of the notorious armed robber.
One of the people at the scene, narrated his encounter with the deceased armed robber to newsmen, stating that few weeks a group of armed robbers led by “Grave and his accomplice known as “Tomato” attacked a filling station located at Bank road Umuahia.
Grave and four members of his gang arrived the filling station at about 9:30am with a Honda Accord vehicle pretending to be customers. After their vehicle tank was filled they brought out guns and led the fuel attendant to the vault and carted away undisclosed sums of money along with other valuables including mobile phones.
Another man narrated his ordeal in the hands of the deceased robber,
“One Sunday early morning, he came to our place and open our gate and entered the cold room. He shot gun in the air and said everybody should lie down, then all of us including people that came to carry their meat and buy fish from us. He took my phone and my money and also robbed everybody that was there. He came with his gang and they were about three in number. Am very happy now, at least, everywhere will be calm now.” He said.
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Meanwhile, the Abia state commissioner of police, E. Ene Okon, in a press release said, the Notorious armed robber Sampson Iheukwumere Nwokocha, aka Grave, of Ossah Mgbaja in Umuahia north L.G.A, who was recently released from prison led armed robbery gang that invaded Helson Hotel Umuahia, to rob staff and guest of the Hotel on 01/11/2019 at about 0250 hours during which one of the policemen on duty was shot dead and his rifle carted away.