Three Killed, One Injured As Gunmen Open Fire On Policemen In Edo


Three mobile policemen have lost their lives while one was seriously injured after gunmen opened fire on them while they were resuming at their duty post near Agor, along the Igarra-Auchi Road in Edo State.

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According to source, the said incident took place on Thursday morning between the hours of 5:30 and 6 am close to the popular Agor Market where the mobile policemen usually mount roadblocks.

During the gun battle, one of the assailants had been taken down by a police bullet while another sustained injuries and has been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and interrogation. Six rifles were also recovered from the gunmen.

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The checkpoint had been set up owing to the fact that the area is notorious for kidnappers who comb the farm settlements to abduct and collect ransom from helpless farmers.

“While the policemen were driving in their car, another of their colleagues was riding on a motorbike behind the vehicle when the assailants who apparently laid ambush opened fire on them.

“The officer on bike engaged the assailants who fled into the bush with the four rifles of the policemen after killing them,” the source added.

Narrating the incident, the head of the vigilante group in the area, Ibukun Dogo said, “I got a call from the DPO around 6 am that his men were attacked and we quickly mobilised to the place and saw the lifeless bodies of the three officers.

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“We saw blood markings on the ground into the bush and we trailed those blood stains to a hideout of the suspects where we met two of them with gunshot injuries, one died from the gunshots while the other was taken away by the police to the hospital.

“We recovered the four police rifles and an additional two in the area we found them. The suspect said they are from Okenne in Kogi State but we don’t know their mission whether it is armed robbery or kidnapping they wanted to use the arms for.”

When contacted, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the command was yet to get the details of what happened.

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