Friday, 28 November 2014

Two suspected robbers, kidnappers killed in Benin

The Police in Edo State have shot dead two suspected armed robbers and kidnappers along the Benin-Auchi Bypass, in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Noble Uwoh, the two suspects were among a group of “daredevil” hoodlums intercepted by a team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command while on a routine patrol of the area.

Uwoh explained that the group of bandits, who had been terrorising commuters along the expressway, opened fire on the vehicle of the security operatives, which led to a gun duel with the police officers.

According to him, the suspected armed robbers died on their way to hospital for treatment as a result of fatal injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire.

He also said the command recovered some arms and ammunition which include one AK47 rifle and 83 rounds of live ammunition, one pump action gun, 97 live cartridges and 10 expended cartridges.

Others are three AK47 rifle magazines, one face mask, one marine rope, suspected to be used for tying kidnap victims, and six mobile phones.

While assuring the general public that the command would not relent in its effort to maintain peace in the state, the police spokesperson, however, stated that efforts were being made to track down other members of the gang, who fled into the bush with possible bullet wounds.

“The command wishes to enjoin members of the public, especially owners of clinics and hospitals to report anyone found with bullet wounds to the nearest police station,” Uwoh added.