Members of Edo State Vigilance Network have rescued the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in in charge of Akoko-Edo Division in Edo State.
Suleiman Muhammed in charge of Igarra Police Station in Akoko-Edo Local Government of the State, was allegedly shot in an ambush by suspected kidnappers on Auchi-Igarra-Ibillo road, leaving commuters and other road users stranded for hours.
The police officer was said to have been ambushed by hoodlums after the MTN Mast near Sasaro and shot him several times at about 7p.m on Tuesday on his way to visit his family in Auchi.
A member of the vigilance group from Igarra told journalists that the DPO was shot in the eyes, arm and stomach adding that he may have been shot by AK 47 as they recovered bullets and other cartridges from the scene of the attack.
He said: “The DPO had earlier called us in the morning to go to a place where they said some suspected yahoo boys constituted a nuisance. Later around 3 pm, he told us that these suspected kidnappers were blocking the road, so we went there and chased them away.
“I was told that in the evening after inspecting the change of guard, the DPO left for Auchi where his family resides. The people laid ambush after the MTN Mast near Sasaro and shot him several times. I believe they thought he was dead so they abandoned him.
“Their gunshots made motorists going to Auchi and coming from Auchi to stop until we arrived at the scene in company of the police and rush the DPO to the hospital. He was bleeding profusely because he was shot in the eyes, arm and stomach; after stabilizing him, he was taken to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.
“On Wednesday morning, I and my boys went back to the scene and we recovered used bullets and cartridges including those of AK 47,” he added.
Another member of the vigilante attributed the upsurge of criminal activities in that axis to a Community on that road who leased a piece of its land to herdsmen for grazing.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police Edo State Command, SP Kontongs Bello, could not be reached for comment.