- It was all joy on Monday, September 3, in Port Harcourt as operatives of F-SARS arrested a gang of robbers who were coming from an operation
- Attention of the crime-curbing force was called after the thieves started shooting sporadically on the streets to have their way amidst motor traffic
- The thieves have been put in detention for further questioning, and will be prosecuted accordingly
It was another successful operation for the operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) as they nabbed a gang of gunmen who later turned to be thieves terrorising the residents of Rivers state capital, Port Harcourt.
The thieves met their waterloo at Mile Diobu around 6am when some taxi drivers blocked the road they were reported to be taking. This gridlock led the armed men to be shooting sporadically. And called the attention of the nearby special police squad who swung into action immediately, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that those gun men were coming from an operation and trying to escape when they were nabbed.
According to an eyewitness who didn't want his name mentioned, the robbers upon seeing the F-SARS men took to their feet but were nabbed in the process.
He said: "The armed robbers were trying to pass here (Kalabari Street) around 6am. I believe they were returning from an operation somewhere. But some taxi drivers were loading on the road and causing traffic jam.The armed robbers got angry over the traffic jam and started shooting into the air to clear the road, not knowing that F-SARS men were close. Immediately the F-SARS men arrived, they took positions; some of them went into the gutter."
Another eyewitness who recounted the incident said: "When the robbers noticed that gunshots were being fired by the F-SARS operatives, they left their Toyota Highlander and guns and escaped on foot. But the F-SARS men managed to catch one of them and recovered the bag of money and the vehicle before taking them to the Mile One Police Station."
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) confirmed the incident, but said he has not been fully briefed.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some businessmen in the Ikeja area of Lagos state had reportedly claimed that operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) allegedly tortured and extorted money from them for what they knew nothing about.
The three men claimed that they were illegally detained for days during which they were brutalised.
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