The robbers, whose number could not be ascertained reportedly invaded one of the streets in the area at about 2am and threw the residents into pandemonium.
The residents, The Nation gathered made frantic calls to policemen at Ilasamaja division of the state police command, who stormed the area and engaged the robbers in a gun duel.
Four of the bandits fell to the superior firepower of the policemen, while the remaining members of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds.
The leader of the police patrol team, CSP O.A Ochogwu, told our correspondent that the robbers invaded Salako Street in the early hours of Friday.
His words, “ At about 2am on Friday morning we received telephone calls from Salako Street that a group of armed robbers had entered one of the houses in the street. After the calls came, we gathered the patrol team and stormed the area.
“When the bandits saw the police patrol vehicle, they opened fire and our men responded immediately. Four of them were eventually killed, while the rest fled with gunshot wounds.
“This is not the first time that armed bandits will be operating in the area. The last time they came, they were up to 15.”
Ochogwu, however, condemned the lack of effective communication between the police and residents of Ilasamaja.
“The residents of the area are not forthcoming when it comes to providing information to the police. They don’t give information, thus I will say they are not proactive. This time around, they called us because they came under the robbers’ attack. That was a reactive measure.
“The armed robbers are not spirits, they lived among the people. The residents should cooperate with the police by providing information on suspicious movements and characters in the area, “he counseled.