Police in Enugu State has recovered a light assault rifle with three magazines containing 60 rounds of live ammunition, belonging to a gang of killers.
It was learnt that the police retrieved the arms from a forest in Ehamufu, in Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu.
The weapons were buried in the ground within the forest.
The Enugu State Police Command spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development, disclosed that the recovery of the arms followed intelligence information obtained by operatives of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad.
One Chibuike Odo, from Ehamufu, a member of the said killer gang which has its hideout in the forest, was apprehended during an operation by the FSARS operatives.
But the leader of the gang, simply identified as Emma, is currently at large, having escaped when the FSARS operatives swooped on the hideout.
Amaraizu said the gang has killed a number of persons in the Ehamufu area.
“The two-man gang of gunmen comprises of Chibuike Odo, from Mgbuji, Ehamufu, and Emma, from Amede, Ehamufu, in Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“Emma, the leader of the gang, was recently released from prison custody but he is at large now.
“The notorious gang became a thorn in the flesh to residents of Ehamufu when they started killing people in the forest. They killed one Militus Ede and another person inside Ehamufu forest in June 2018.
“Following a directive by the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, one of the suspects, Chibuike Odo, was nabbed through intelligence information by the operatives of the FSARS, Enugu State Police Command, while manhunt has been intensified on the fleeing leader of the gang (Emma),” the police spokesman said.
Amaraizu said the police had commenced a full-scale investigation into the matter.
The suspect will be charged to court on the completion of the investigations.