The deputy police commissioner (ACP, name withheld), who was shot on Friday in Benin, the capital of Edo state, in an exchange of gunfire with sectarians fighting a battle for supremacy, died on Saturday at the University Teaching Hospital. of Benin (UBTH). .
The other two policemen, both inspectors, who were also shot together with the ACP, were still receiving treatment at UBTH, but on the endangered list, with bodies strewn on the streets and highways of Benin and its surroundings.
The deputy police commissioner (ACP, name withheld), who was shot on Friday in Benin, the capital of Edo state, in an exchange of fire with sectarians fighting a battle for supremacy, died on Saturday at the University Teaching Hospital. of Benin (UBTH). .
The other two policemen, both inspectors, who were also shot together with the ACP, were still receiving treatment at the UBTH, but on the danger list, with corpses littering the streets and highways of Benin and its surroundings.
The three policemen encountered an ambush by the violent cult groups Aiye and Vikings during the rescue mission on Benin’s notorious Upper Sokponba and Murtala Mohammed Way axes.
The ACP’s death was confidentially confirmed Saturday night over the phone by a senior police officer from the Edo command.
The number of people, both innocent residents and cultists, who lost their lives in the rival war between members of the two cult groups, rose to twenty-eight, from Friday’s figure of eighteen, due to shootings and killings both at night and. in broad daylight. he continued.
Our reporter deduced that the cops in the Edo command were now receiving threatening messages and calls from many of the 1,993 fleeing inmates, who escaped on October 19 from the Maximum Correctional Center (White House) on Sapele Road and the Medium Correctional Center. on Airport Road, both in Benin, during the #EndSARS protests that were kidnapped by thugs.
The threatening calls and messages were directed primarily at police officers who investigated and prosecuted the convictions of the fugitives.
It was also learned that the sudden increase in the volume of illegal weapons and ammunition in Edo State was due to the looting and razing of seven police stations in Edo on October 19, with a large cache of weapons and ammunition now in the hands of criminals, mostly the suspects fleeing into the burned-out police station cells and the fugitives from the two correctional centers, mostly cultists, who immediately returned to the crime.
Sadly, on Saturday alone, a doctor, Dr. Maxwell Orosanye, working for the Central Hospital, owned by the Edo state government in Benin, was shot by gunmen suspected of being cultists and was still receiving treatment. at an undisclosed hospital in Edo.
Orosanye was shot near the Mobil gas station on Siluko Road, Benin, while his Toyota Corolla sedan was seized at gunpoint.
Getting around Benin’s hot spots, especially Upper Sokponba, Siluko, Ibivwe, Uselu, Isihor, Iguosa and Ugbowo, which is home to the Federal Government-owned University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Saturday night revealed that residents lived scared and mostly stayed indoors to avoid being hit by stray bullets, and the nightlife disappeared.
The cultists continued to search for rivals to kill, as they searched from house to house, without any challenge, despite the heavy deployment of soldiers in and around Benin.
Cult members continued to openly brandish AK-47 rifles, machetes, tomahawks, broken bottles, clubs and other dangerous weapons in broad daylight, while firing sporadically at night, increasing tension in and around Benin.
Edo Police Commissioner Babatunde Kokumo, via phone Saturday, insisted that officers and men from the command were working within existing constraints to restore normalcy to the state, while ensuring that all criminals would soon be arrested and prosecuted, to serve as a deterrent to others.
Kokumo said: “Imagine what it means that three police stations along Sokponba Road, Benin were destroyed and burned, patrol vehicles destroyed in many other parts of Edo state. All officers and men from the burned-out police stations now operate from the state police headquarters (in the Government Reserve Area, GRA, Benin).
“The peaceful #EndSARS protests were hijacked by thugs. The protests took a violent turn in Edo state, and inmates at the two prisons in Benin City were released. So, what are you waiting for?
“Some of the fugitives have been sending threatening messages to the police, who investigated and prosecuted them. One of the fugitives, who was convicted of murder, came that same day (19 October this year) and killed the prosecution witness in his village, but was immediately arrested.
“Everyone must be part of the restoration of sanity in the Edo state. People who know the fugitives should give us information about them. I assure you that we are not sleeping, but with what has happened to the police in Edo State, some of these jerks are expected, but we are not sleeping and will continue to work.
“As I speak with you, I am on my way to visit three of our staff: an ACP and two inspectors, who were shot and are recovering.”
The Edo Police Commissioner also urged residents of the south-south state not to panic, but to go ahead with their legal businesses, while ensuring adequate protection of lives and property.