The Edo State Police Command has arrested a gang of armed robbers who killed the Divisional Police Officer, Ikpobo Hill, Superintendent Eugene Obulu, the Division’s Trafic Officer and three others on February 11, during a gun battle.
The gang was said to specialise in bank robbery along Benin-Asaba Road.
Speaking to our reporter, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Yar’Adua Danami lamented the two separate operations in which 14 policemen were killed on that February 11.
He said the driver of the Commissioner of Police, Delta State was shot at the thigh by the armed robbers.
Parading the armed robbers and kidnappers, the commissioner said. a bumper harvest of arms and live ammunition have been recovered in the state.
“Undercover agents of the State Police command made it possible when they discovered the. illegal armoury in Benin City.
“In the illegal armoury police successfully recovered eight assorted rifles, 3,046 live ammunition, 25 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 122 AK 47 Magazines, two bullet-proof life-jackets, and three packets of dynamite,” he said.
The Police Command in Edo State disclosed that the armoury belonged to a notorious criminal gang which specialised in bank robbery and kidnapping.
The commissioner told our reporter on the breakthrough against crime in Edo State, that on a tip-off, Police raided a private residence in
Egbuotubu area of Benin City and uncovered the arms and ammunition hid inside the compound. “The landlord of the House, Mr Boniface Ogbor, 64, with whose consent the arms were allegedly concealed in the compound, was arrested along with his son, Sunday Ogbor said to be a member of the gang.
Some members of the gang are already in police net.
Other members of the gang paraded include Sunday Okeke, and Ejike Okeke said to have died in police custody due to bullet injury sustained during one of their operations in Anambra State.
Also paraded were 21 other suspected criminals arrested for various crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder and kidnapping.
One of the suspects, Mr Boniface Ogbor told our reporter that though the arms and ammunition were recovered in his compound, he was never aware that such exhibit were concealed in his compound.
The Police Commissioner however, called on residents to always provide information to police, assuring that their identity would be concealed.