By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
A Police Officer along with two armed robbers and kidnapper have been killed in Edo State.
The quartet died in a gun battle between security operations and the hoodlums during separate operations across the State, according to police authorities.
Briefing newsmen on the situation at police headquarters in Benin City, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odunmosu identified the slain policeman as Mr Augustine Amadi.
The late Corporal, according to him, was attached to the State safer high way patrol before he was killed by suspected arm robbers and kidnappers.
He said another hoodlum identified as Usman Mohammed was gunned down in the gun battle.
Odumosu explained that the late policeman and another inspector, Monday Omokaro, were both attacked by the hoodlums while on their way to Oluku on Benin/Lagos Expressway on January 23rd 2019.
He said the two policemen were in a long range smoke gunner top belonging to the police inspector, Omokaro who got a close show with death when the incident occurred.
He revealed that Ekiadolor Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and men thereafter moved to the scene and the criminal elements on sighting them took to their heels.
The Commissioner said one Ak 47 rifle with breach number 19678TE8266, ammunition, and identity card belonging to one of the suspects have been recovered along with other items by the police at the scene of crime.
He however said one Yahaya Mohammed was on January 24, 2019 arrested by police operatives in connection with the incident.
He said the 40 year old suspect who has made statement and helping the police in the investigation, was arrested during a hi-tech investigation by security operatives in connection with the death of the Corporal.
In a related development, operatives of Ugbekun Police Division have smashed an armed robber car snatcher identified as Efosa Osawe, also known as Dogo.
The State Police Commissioner, said the security personnel were on a township patrol on January 28, 2019 when they intercepted the arm robber who was found in the robbed Toyota Camry car marked Edo BEN-62-KJ.