Shooting spree by MOPOL leaves many injured in Edo

Shooting spree by MOPOL leaves many injured in Edo


A shooting spree by a Cop attached to Mobile Police (MOPOL) 5 Base, in Ogida quarters, in Benin has put an unspecified number of unarmed Civilians on danger list.

No reason has been given for possible motive behind Wednesday’s attack in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.

A resident in the crowded area, alleged that the armed policeman went to arrest a crime suspect in the locality when the Cop fired the trigger that hit some bystanders.

The development triggered a violent protest by angry youths who threw caution to the wind.

The prompt intervention of an Assistant Commissioner of police at the Base sued for calm and thereafter took the injured undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

He also told our Correspondent that investigation into the incident has commenced.

A Benin based human right activist, Aimuae-Osa Igbinomwanhia said three persons were allegedly injured in the attack.

But the spokesman of the police Command in Edo State, SP. Kotongs Bello who confirmed the incident, said an unnamed Cop involved in the shooting has been identified and detained.

He disclosed that the officer would be made to undergo ‘administrative discipline’.

Kotongs who did not disclose the name of the Cop, said no life was lost in the encounter.

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He explained that the policeman resisted attempts by some persons stop the arrest of a suspect.

According to Kotongs, “instead of calling for a reenforcement, the policeman, allegedly shot his gun ostensibly to disperse the crowd and in the process the ‘bullet shell’ hit some bystanders.

“He (the policeman) will undergo administrative discipline. It is not true that he shot people with his gun.

“It happened around Ogida Barracks.

“He (policeman) went to arrest a suspect, but some persons in the area prevented him from enforcing the arrest.

“As he fired the shot to ground, the bullet shells meet some persons.

“He ought to have call for a back up. But he didn’t do that.

“Nobody died, but the injured persons are receiving treatment in hospital”, he said.

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