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Police Kill Five Suspected Kidnappers In Edo State



At least, five notorious kidnappers terrorising Benin city and environ were on friday shot dead by the police in Edo state during a gun duel with the hoodlums.

African Examiner gathered that the kidnappers who allegedly abducted a female victim (names withheld) and took her to a forest at Oluku along the Benin-Akure high way, met their waterloo when police detectives stormed the area at the early hours of Friday.

The notorious kidnappers, according to the Edo state commissioner of police, Mr. Funsho Adebanjo had laid ambush for the detectives who stormed the area with a decoy vehicle and a Volkswagen Santana car, adding that

they rained bullets at the police officers who eventually took cover and over powered them.

The CP however,, gave the names of the hoodlums as Smart Uche, Jerry M, Osarumwen Ekibise, Lucky Ekhator and Osai Friday.

Other suspects were said to have escaped into the forest with bullet wounds while the police continued combing the forest. Adebanjo said : “while combing the forest, we recovered one Pump Action gun, forty three cartridges, double barrel gun, one black Range Rover jeep with registration number BDG 335 BD snatched from their victim.

Continuing, “Presently, operatives of the command have embarked on cordon and searching of the forest for the eventual arrest of other notorious members who fled with bullet wounds”.

The Edo state police helmsman who, had also stressed the need for members of the public to always avail the police with useful information that could help in tracking down criminals, stated that “we cannot fight crime successfully without information.

” Nigerians must stop this habit of thinking that the police alone can provide security for you”.

“These criminals are succeeding because we don’t give information about them and that is the problem we have in Nigeria.

“We may have all the equipment in the world to fight crime but if you don’t give the police useful information, nothing will change” he maintained.


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