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Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2019

Edo: 8 suspects held over killing of DPO, pregnant officer, others

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

The Police in Benin have confirmed the arrest of eight suspects in connection with last Tuesday night attack by gunmen on the divisional police station at Afuze, Owan East Local Government Area.
The Divisional Police Officer with a pregnant police woman and two other security personnel died in the line of duty during which the police station and police van at the premises of INEC were burnt down by the armed men.
The gunmen were said have detonated explosives and fired sporadic gunshots, which killed the quartet before releasing their colleagues who were in police custody at Afuze police station.
A police source said, those arrested include a middle-aged man who reportedly pulled the trigger which killed the pregnant police woman Sergeant.
Spokesman of Edo State Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor who confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said investigation was ongoing to track other fleeing criminals.
He revealed that after carrying out the heinous crime, the State Police Commissioner Danmallam Mohamed has put in place a tactical team to arrest other suspects.
He said the suspects have confessed to the crime and their level of involvement.
The Police source also said all the suspects arrested so far are from Edo State.
But, two others are still at large.
Trouble started when the police in Afuze arrested one of the gang members and detained him in the police custody for a related crime.
The suspect was said to have contacted the leader of the gang shortly after his detention.
The leader of the 10-man gang was said to have offered undisclosed amount of money for bail.
But the DPO turned it down and requested for the case to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) in Benin for further investigation, thereby compounding anger.
Infuriated over the alleged refusal, the leader of the gang directed his men who were outside to unleash mayhem on the police station, resulting in the killings of the policemen.
The State Governor, Godwin Obaseki during an on-the-spot assessment on the attack, the following morning, vowed to tackle the wrongs, rebuild trust and bring the alleged perpetrators of the attack to book through the instrument of law.
The Governor also ordered immediate clearing of the debris and construction of the police station destroyed by the hoodlums who also burnt police Hilux van at Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office at Afuze.

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