The Delta State Police Command in Asaba on Saturday said it had arrested seven men, including a father and his two sons, for alleged armed robbery.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, stated this while briefing newsmen at the “B” Division Asaba.
Kalu said the suspects’ arrest was based on the alert to the security agents by their victim, who was robbed of N72,000 in the early hours of Saturday.
Kalu also noted that the gang leader, of the same family, fled with the money stolen from the victim on sighting the police.
She said that the father of the armed robbery suspects, who gave accommodation to the criminals in his house, was also arrested for attacking the police officers.
According to the PPRO, the victim, Emmanuel Ebudike, residing in Asaba, alleged that a gang of armed robbers broke into his house and carted away N72,000 at gun point.
Kalu said: “The victim also alleged that he trailed the robbers to an uncompleted storey building and came back to call the police.
“When the police arrived the scene, three of the armed robbery suspects jumped down and ran away.
“Another, with a locally-made pistol, fired at the police and in a gun duel.
“Two of the gang members were brought down.”
Kalu said that the suspects had confessed to robbing seven different persons of their cell phones and money at Achalla-Ibusa Road in Ibusa on Friday.
She said that items recovered from the suspects included one locally-made pistol with one live cartridge, one IPad phone, six cell phones and two unregistered Toyota Sienna cars.
Kalu said that Police investigations were on, while efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects and to recover other stolen items.