Four members of a robbery gang suspected to have attacked a lodge for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at Isiokolo, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state have been killed.
The four met their Waterloo on Monday during a shootout with a team of operatives from Isiokolo police division of the state police command.
According to reports, the detectives had been on the trail of the suspects and with the assistance of the local vigilance group, operatives busted the robbers in neighbouring Kokori town after a major robbery operation.
Four of the gang members were killed instantly; others were said to have escaped while two locally-made guns and ten cartridges were recovered at the scene of exchange of fire.
It was learnt that the police, following a tip off, clamp down on the suspects who were from Warri, at the wee hours of the day but in an ensuing confrontation, three vigilante men sustained gunshot injuries from the bullets of the robbers.
The notorious robbery gang believed to be terrorising Isiokolo and its environs, was said to have attacked the lodge few days ago, carting away valuables belonging to the defenseless corps members.
The robbers were also said to have attacked a bush bar in the neighbourhood of the lodge, causing mayhem.
The acting Public Relation Officer, of the state police command, ASP Chuks Oresewezie, who confirmed the report on Tuesday in Asaba, said efforts had been intensified to clamp down on the fleeing robbers.