The Edo State Police Command says its operatives have killed a suspected notorious armed robber in Benin City, the state capital.
Ms Jennifer Iwegbu, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to her, operatives attached to Ugbor Divisional Headquarters neutralised the suspect very early in the morning.
The command spokesperson explained that the Divisional Police officer in charge of Ugbor Division received a distress call at about 4:45am that there was an armed robbery operation ongoing along the Abuja quarters by Benson Idahosa University.
She added that the assailants, on sighting the police operatives led by the DPO in charge of the police division, engaged them in a gun duel.
According to Iwegbu, the police operatives overpowered the suspects, killed one of them, and recovered some items, including a pump-action gun and five live cartridges.
Read the full statement below:
Death Of Notorious Armed Robber/Recovery Of Arms And Ammunitions
In its unrelenting efforts to stem the increasing rate of armed robbery and other vices in the state, Operatives of Edo state police command attached to its Ugbor divisional headquarters on 12/07/2022 at about 0445hrs neutralised an armed robbery suspect.
Following a distress call to the Divisional Police officer in charge of Ugbor division at about 0445hrs of 12/07/2022, that there was an ongoing armed robbery operation along Abuja quarters by Benson Idahosa University, Ugbor G.R.A, Benin-city, the DPO personally led operatives to the scene with the aim to arrest the suspects.
On arrival at the scene, the suspects sighting the police operatives engaged them in a gun duel. However, the superior firepower from the police operatives neutralized one of the suspected armed robbers.
Items recovered from the Suspect include one pump action gun and 5 live cartridges.
Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing gang members.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has reinstated the command’s readiness and commitment to fighting crimes and criminality in the state. The CP employs the good people of Edo state not to relent in availing the command with viable and prompt information to neutralise crime before it happens.