He said hat the dead robbers were on their way to Abia state to sell off the stolen Toyota Camry they had snatched from a Calabar based Medical Doctor when they were ambushed by the patrol team of the State Police Command.
Andrew said that the six-man robbery gang died during a shoot out with the police along Calabar-Itu Highway. He said:
“Today, at about 5.30am, acting on a credible intelligence that a six man armed robbery gang whose speciality is car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River were operating along Itu-Calabar highway.
“On receipt of the intel, SARS operatives proceeded to the scene, on sighting the Police Hilux van, the hoodlums opened fire on the operatives. A gun battle ensued and the six armed robbers sustained gun shot wounds.
“They were taken to the Police hospital in Uyo for treatment but they were confirmed dead by the Doctor,” he said.
Andrew revealed thang three locally made pistols, ten live cartridges, four expended cartridges, one pump action gun, one unregistered motorcycle, military camouflage cap and a Toyota Camry belonging to the medical doctor were recovered from them.