Edo Killing: Police Appeals For Calm, Assures That Justice Would Be Served


The Edo State Police Command has appealed to the people of Ofutebe Community, herders, farmers and the family of one Paul with surname currently not ascertained to maintain the peace and go about their legitimate businesses following the killing of the said Paul, a man who had stepped in to mediate in a quarrel between one herder and another man on the 24th of January, 2020.

The command explained that it had received a report of the case of the killing at its divisional headquarters at Ekiadolor in Benin City the Edo State capital on the 25th of January, 2020.

In the report, the herder was said to have shot and killed Paul with an AK 47 rifle.

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According to the police, upon receipt of the complaint, operatives were mobilised led by the District Officer, Owan Police Station ASP Okodomi with eleven men from the vigilante group of Nigeria and village hunters to the community seeking to arrest the suspect and recover the gun.

The command revealed that some suspected herdsmen with AK 47 rifles ambushed the team while they were aboard a boat taking them across Ofe River to Ofutebe Community near Owan Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

He revealed that the herdsmen shot sporadically injuring the complainant and one of the policemen. The whereabouts of one other policeman, Inspector Sunday Ogundele could not be determined immediately after the attack.

However, subsequent search efforts led to his rescue while the wounded were taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police Lawan Jimeta assured members of the public that the command under his leadership will arrest those responsible for the acts and charge them accordingly.

Edo Police Arrest 102 Suspected Cultists

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For OfficersThe Edo state police command says it has arrested 102 persons in connection to cult related killings that has claimed two lives in Benin City, the state capital.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists at the state police headquarters, said 10 of the 102 suspects have admitted to being cultists, while the others are still undergoing interrogation.

The CP expressed his determination to bring secret cult related activities in the state to the barest minimum.

Police To Deploy 23,000 Officers For Edo Governorship Election

Police monitoring of Edo Governorship ElectionThe Nigeria Police Force will deploy 23,000 officers in Edo State, as security measure in the forthcoming Governorship election in the state, an official of the force has said.

A Deputy Inspector-General of Police Operations, Mr Joshak Habila, told reporters on Thursday that the deployment would be part of security efforts to ensure a peaceful conduct of the September 10 election.

He said that 1,152 patrol vehicles would also be deployed to ensure that there would be no security breach while electorates vote.

Mr Habila gave the figures while addressing officers of the Edo State Police Command at the Force Headquarters in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

Christians Celebrate Easter In Southwest Nigeria

Easter - Christians Jesus ChristChristians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.

There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.

In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.

In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.

Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.

It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.

In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged leaders‎ to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.

The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.

Edo Murder: Family Protests, Demands Investigation Update

EdoFamily, friends and Civil Societies Organisations (CSO) in Benin City, the Edo State capital have staged another protest, calling on the Nigeria Police and other authorities to make public, the outcome of their investigations into the controversial death of 27-year-old Chibuike Edeh, a staff of a popular hotel in Benin.

The protesters blocked the entrance to the hotel with the corpse of the late Chibuike, saying they did not want the matter to be swept under the carpet.

The state Police Command had earlier explained that late Chibuike was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he tried to escape while leading the police to retrieve the money he allegedly stole from the hotel.

Edo Murder: Deceased Family Protest, Call For Justice

EdoRelations and friends of late Chibuike Ede, who was said to have died while in Police custody in Benin city, the Edo State capital have asked the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, to intervene in the matter and help them get justice.

In a protest led by the deceased’s mother, Mrs Christiana Ede, they marched to the Edo State Government house, where they met the Governor.

The family of the deceased said they have every reason to believe that the police as well as the hotel, where the deceased used to work before he passed on, were not telling them the truth about his demise.

They had appealed to the Governor to help them get to the root of the matter.

However, the Edo State Police Command, in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP. Joseph Edoigiawerie, described the incident as “unfortunate”.

The State Command said “the attention of Edo State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the round in the media about the purported torture and murder of a suspect Chibuike Ede ‘m’ at the Adesuwa Police Division.

“It is very unfortunate that some misinformed members of the public would twist the truth to cast aspersion on the image and the professional manner the police has handled the issue”.

“The story going round is false and it is on record that , the management of Protea Hotel reported a case of stealing against the said Chibuike Ede, who was a cleaner in the said hotel, and alleged to have stolen the sum of N48,000.00 belonging to a guest of the hotel, an action captured by the hotel CCTV camera and submitted to the Adesuwa Police Station on 13/03/2015.

“The suspect was subsequently arrested and he confessed to the crime and also claimed to have the money between the fence of the hotel and NNPC mega station.

“On 14/3/2015, the police went with him with a view to recovering the exhibit, but on getting to the scene and as they were alighting from the vehicle, the suspect immediately took to his heels. In the process of running, he ran into a moving Toyota Camry car with registration number FUG 93 JD (EDO), driven by one Obamedo Omoregie. The vehicle dragged the suspect from central road to 1st east circular road along Sapele road before it came to a halt”.

“The suspect sustained bruises on his body and was immediately rushed to UBTH with the assistance of some good Samaritans, where he eventually died.

“The driver of the car has been arrested for causing the death of the suspect, while the car is impounded and the photograph is hereby attached.

“The command is also aware of petition written by the lawyer of the deceased suspect. The case of stealing, fatal motor accident and the petition by the lawyer of the deceased have been transferred to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.”, the police said.

Police Detains Four Officers Accused Of Murder In Edo

PoliceThe Edo State Police Command has promised to investigate four officers who were accused of murdering 38-year old Aigboduwa in cold blood last Sunday.

Addressing relatives and friends of the late Aigboduwa who protested to the headquarters of the command in Benin city, the Edo state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo assured them that evrything will be done to ensure that justice is served.

He further adviced them not to take the laws into their hands.

The younger brother of late Aigboduwa told Channels Television that all the family wants is justice and nothing more.

Edo Police Command Foil Kidnap, Kill Three

Police dispatchThe Edo State Police Command gunned down three suspected kidnappers in a failed kidnap attempt.

The State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, told reporters that his men had responded to a tip off and engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle after they had successfully dragged their victim out of her car.

The victim, who preferred to be identified as Mrs Ehis, is the wife of a popular Benin transporter. She was returning home in her car when she was cut off by the 3-man gang.

Speaking to Channels Television, the State Commissioner said that the Command would spare no effort towards ensuring that kidnapping is brought to an end in the State.

The state’s law on Kidnapping has the Death Penalty and stipulates that any avenue used by abductors would be destroyed.

Truck Kills Bus Conductor In Benin City

Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole

A truck belonging to a beverage company crushed and killed a young man named Osas this evening at the King square in Benin City.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that Osas, a bus conductor, was arguing with the truck driver, who was said to have bashed his bus, when he was pushed by the driver and crushed by the moving truck.

The driver has been arrested and is in the custody of the Edo State Police Command.

Meanwhile, an attempt by a prisoner to escape from the Prison at Sapele Road in Benin City was thwarted by a combined effort of policemen and prison wardens.

The prisoner was seen running on top of the prison wall before a prison warden accosted him before he could jump off the wall from the shallow end of the barbed wires.

His escape was ill-timed as several policemen were just leaving the court premises where they had gone to provide security for Esan North East Local Government election tribunal sitting.

Edo Police Parade 50 Suspects, Read Riot Act To Criminals

Edo State Police Command have paraded 50 suspected criminals, including the kidnappers of Dr. Izebuwa who was murdered in Ekpoma by his abductors.

The State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, while addressing journalists, thanked the people of the state for their support in the fight against criminality, stating that 2014 will be very tough for criminals in the State.

The suspects were paraded alongside large cache of arms, which includes AK-47 rifles, locally made pistols, live cartridges and several other exhibits.

Also paraded was a 33 year old suspect who confessed to sodomising five boys between the ages of 7 to 13.

CP Adebanjo warned inter-state robbers to stay clear of the state, as the command is doing their best to make the state safe for its residents.

The Edo State Police Command paraded 384 suspects, recovered 95 vehicles, 117 arms and over 8,000 ammunitions and recorded a 7.4% cumulative decrease in crime in 2013 as against its 2012 record.

EDSTMA Unruly Behaviour

Meanwhile, Edo State residents have called on the State Ministry of Transport to check the unruly behaviour displayed by some officials of Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA).

Residents made the call after alleged  series of harassment and intimidation experienced from the EDSTMA officials while discharging their duties in the state.

A driver was said to have been stripped and beaten by same officials of EDSTMA sometime ago, prompting residents to call for proper training of these men.

However, the Head of Operations, EDSTMA, Amadin Owas, has blamed motorists who contravene traffic laws with impunity, for provoking the attitude displayed by some of his men.

Police Apprehend Kidnappers Of Dr. Izebuwa In Edo

Edo state police command have paraded 50 suspected criminals, including the kidnappers of Dr. Izebuwa who was murdered in Ekpoma by his abductors.

While addressing Journalist on the issue, the State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, thanked the people for their support in the fight against criminality, stating that 2014 will be very tough for criminals in State.

The suspects were paraded alongside a large cache of arms which includes AK-47, locally made pistols, live cartridges and several other exhibits.

Also paraded is a 33 year old suspect who confessed to sodomising five boys between the ages of 7 to 13.

CP Adebanjo warned inter-state robbers to stay clear of the state as the command was doing their best to make the state safe for its residents. He also read the riot act to cultists in the state.

Reeling their achievement in 2013, CP Adebanjo said that the Command paraded 384 suspects, recovered 95 vehicles, 117 arms and over 8,000 live ammunition and recorded a 7.4% cumulative decrease in crime in 2013 as against its 2012 record.

Six Armed Robbers Shot Dead In Edo

Six suspected armed robbers have been shot dead in Edo State along the notorious Oluku, Benin bypass, during a gun duel between Police and the robbers.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Folusho Adebanjo, told Channels Television that Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on routine patrol along the Benin Expressway had responded to a distress call, and on arrival engaged the robbers in a gun battle.

According to CP Adebanjo, one of the robbers who survived the operation confessed that they have been terrorising passengers and drivers along the route, which is popularly referred to as a haven for criminals.

One AK 47 rifle and machetes were recovered from the armed bandits.

CP Adebanjo also gave a stern warning to criminals that the state would remain unsafe for them throughout the festive period and in the coming year.