Three suspects of a murder case in Rivers State have been killed by police after they engaged each other in a shootout. 

The Rivers Police command says it shot dead the three gunmen suspected to have killed the President of Ogale Eleme Youth, Mr Nnafor Ogbu.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Command Spokesman, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said the gang broke into Ogbu’s house in Ogale, Eleme Local Government Area and shot him dead.

According to him, Mr Elijah Eleke, the DPO of the Area, quickly mobilised men of the Division in search of the hoodlums.

Omoni said the gang was intercepted at the refinery junction in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the suspects immediately opened fire on the police.

“In a return fire, three of them were fatally wounded and died before medical attention could be given, while others escaped,” he said on Monday.

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He added that the three corpses and that of the murdered president of the youth organisation had been evacuated and deposited in a mortuary.

Omoni said one locally made double barrel gun and 11 live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

The spokesman said investigations into the matter had commenced, assuring residents and the family of the deceased that the fleeing members of the gang would be arrested and brought to justice.

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