Some gunmen had on March 1, 2017, shot dead the Inspector Umeh on Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway and made away with his Toyota Corolla which he was travelling in.
Spokesperson for the Command, DSP Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the killing said the deceased, Chimaobi Okorie was among the dreaded armed robbery gang terrorizing Okigwe and its environs.
He with his gang were also involved in the robbery and murder of 30-year-old staff of Ecobank in Okigwe town , Enyioma Okwudiri and 38-year old Nanman Lamak from Plateau State. Some of the rampaging gunmen also shot dead two other persons who were making use of an Automated Teller Machine before fleeing Okigwe town.
The killing of the suspect came nine days after some policemen killed another suspected mastermind of the killings, identified as Amobi, aka, Toosolo, in Aba, Abia State.
According to a press statement signed by DSP Andrew Enwerem, Okorie was arrested on Sunday at a guest house in Okigwe town following a tip off. During the cordon and arrest operation, the suspect engaged operatives in a shoot out and attempted to escape through the fence of the hotel but was demobilized by operatives.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment where he was confirmed dead by the doctor.