Six suspected armed robbers who attacked and murdered four Police personnel at the Divisional Police station, Afuze in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State were yesterday paraded at Edo State Police headquarters in Benin. The suspects and other gang members, had invaded the police station and blew up the building with improvised Explosive
Six suspected armed robbers who attacked and murdered four Police personnel at the Divisional Police station, Afuze in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State were yesterday paraded at Edo State Police headquarters in Benin.
The suspects and other gang members, had invaded the police station and blew up the building with improvised Explosive Device (IED) at about 10pm on March 13, 2019.
According to police report, the suspects were said to have got hold of the DPO, Superintendent Kosemani Ojo, Inspector Sado Isaac, and a woman Sergeant Justina Aghomon, were all killed in the line of duty by the hoodlums.
Aghomon was pregnant with twins along with a woman Police Constable, Gloria Davids who was enlisted into the Police force few months before the tragedy.
Police report said the hoodlums after the attack, freed three suspects including Ernest Agunu who was held in their custody for motorcycle theft on March 11, 2019.
The report also revealed that Mr. Agunu Ernest had made away with a mobile phone of one of the slain Police Officers after the incident, but he was arrested by security operatives during stop and search operation.
A mobile phone containing contacts of some of the slain police personnel and other Senior Officers, was recovered from the armed robbery suspect.
24-year-old Agunu, Paul Richard (24) and Sunday ThankGod (20) who spoke to newsmen during the parade, also corroborated the report.
The operation was led by the leader of the gang, simply identified as Mr. Abaga (now at large) who paraded the policemen at gunpoint to a room in the Police station and immediately ordered them to strip themselves of their uniforms before they were killed.
Another suspect, Mr. Suleiman Omogbae who was linked to the attack and murder, alleged that Ernest who was arrested and detailed by the police, invited them to come and rescue them from custody.
He also alleged that he and other members of his gang made away with undisclosed number of light fire arms and ammunition from Police armoury during the operation.
“I shot one of the police officers and I felt bad after he died”, he said.
Omogbae, alleged further that he responded to a distress call to rescue Ernest, adding that they launched the attack at about 10pm on March 13, 2019.
According to him, ‘Abaga who hails from a neighbouring Community of Ivbiaro in Owan East Local Government Area of the State gave me a double barrel gun and ordered the policemen and women to enter one room and stripped themselves of their uniform”.
Also speaking, Mr. Richard Paul said, “I was already asleep when I heard gunshots. I thereafter peeped through the window only to discover that a vehicle that was parked at the premises of INEC was on fire”.
He said, “after that scene, I discovered that some persons had been shot before they (armed robbers) opened the cell and asked us to escape.
“Immediately we came out of police custody, Ernest began to blame other members of his gang led by one Mr. Abaga, (now at large) for killing the policemen.
Mr. Richard who hailed from Okpekpe, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, explained that “He (Ernest) quarried their order and told them that that was not their initial agreement.
“Thereafter, Abaga, ordered us to enter a waiting vehicle and fled”, he alleged that he was the person who shot and killed the Constable.
Briefing journalists on the sidelines of the parade yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed, disclosed plans to arrest other fleeing member gang of the robbers and suspected murderers.
He said six suspected Boko Haram who were arrested in the State at the Weekend, had been transferred to Police Force Headquarters in Abuja on order of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu.
A total of 145 arrested suspected criminals were paraded by the State police Commissioner.