The Abia State Police Com­mand said it had killed a notori­ous robber-cum-kid­napper responsible for many high profile robbery and kidnapping incidents in the state and the neigh­bouring states in the recent times.

A press statement issued yesterday in Umuahia by the Po­lice Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, gave the name of the dreaded criminal as one Samuel Kalu alias “Obere”.

The statement said the slain criminal was responsible for the gruesome mur­der of Mbieri, Imo State-born US Ma­rine, Chuks Okebata, who was killed in De­cember 2016 when he visited home.

According to the statement, the crimi­nal had also con­fessed to the killing of eight members of the Abia Vigi­lante Services (a.k.a Bakassi Boys) who were slaughtered ear­ly this year in Aba.

Police said the slain criminal was arrested on May 27 at Okai Item in Bende Local Government Area following a tip-off but later died in a cross-fire following a shootout with his gang members while leading police detec­tives to their hideout.

The statement which said a police detective was also wounded during the exchange of fire with the members of the gang now on the run, appealed to members of the public to report any person(s) with gun­shot wounds to the nearest police sta­tion.

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