By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Police in Benin have destroyed an illegal refinery sited at the bank of Agbede-Igonu Community River in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, said six suspected vandals were arrested by police operatives during the operation which lasted for hours.
The Commissioner disclosed this while briefing Media at the Command headquarters at the weekend in Benin City, the Edo state Capital.
A breakdown on the arrest if over 75 suspected criminals within the last two weeks, revealed that 29 armed robbers, 20 suspected kidnappers and 55 suspected cultists who were also paraded by the police.
Kokumo, displayed a cache of arms and ammunition recovered by police alongside nine exotic cars and over N1.2 million in the various operations across the state through during the parade.
A 26-year-old lover boy, Dodo Michael, was also paraded by the police for allegedly raping and abducted a 16-year-old teenager simply identified as Miss Victory.
The victim was lured the girl via social media network to Dodo’s house in the Government Reservation Area in Benin City, the state Capital where the suspect began to demand for N4 million ransom before he was arrested.
In an interview, the victim (Dodo), said the alleged abduction of Victory was arranged by the him and the girl whom he alleged was his girlfriend friend.
Five suspects involved in the murder of Prof. Paul Otasowie, Academic staff of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), whose parade were deferred in order not to shuttle police investigation, we’re also paraded by the Commissioner of police.
Speaking with newsmen during their parade, three of the main suspects in police net in connection with the Prof. Otasowie’s murder, Best Okhumode, Osazee Oghogho and Okoro Happy, said their intention was not to kill the University Don who had raised the alarm.
They said their intention was to snatched his car and bolt away with his car, but, he was shot dead by one of the suspects, Best Okhumode, upon the refusal of the deceased to surrender his car keys to them when they demanded for it.