The gunmen had on Saturday killed the two men, who were together with a lady in a Honda Civic.
The assailants had also killed a policeman along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, making away with the cop’s Toyota Camry. Two other, withdrawing from ATM, were also shot dead by the gang.
The state police command on Monday claimed it arrested the leader of the gang, identified simply as Amobi. The suspect was also known as Toosolo Sharpiro.
A senior police officer, who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity, said the suspect, who hailed from Umuawa Ogii, in Okigwe, was traced to Aba, Abia State, where he was nabbed by police.
He explained that while other members of his gang escaped, Amobi was arrested alive.
The source added that the suspect was eventually shot dead when he attempted to escape.
“The hoodlum had been a thorn in the flesh of people of Okigwe town. He was shot dead when he played smart by trying to escape from the hands of police officers who were bringing him to Okigwe from Aba, where he was arrested,” the police source said.
There was jubilation in Okigwe when the lifeless body of the gangster were brought into the town.