Police smash 7 armed robbers in Edo, recover arms

Three of the armed robbers arrested by the police in Edo

Three of the armed robbers arrested by the police in Edo

By Jethro Ibileke

Edo State Police Command has arrested seven suspected armed robbers, who specialized in terrorizing members of the public.

Two of the suspects, Bishop Christopher (22) and John Abuda (24), were arrested on Monday, 10 January, 2022, at Campus II South Ibie, a student community located opposite the main campus of Auchi Polytechnic, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the State.

It was gathered that the suspects were picked up by a team of operatives led by the DPO of South Ibie, CSP Emmanuel Agbo, who recovered one English pistol, two live ammunition and a battle axe from the suspects.

In a related incident, operatives of Textile Mill Road division, arrested four armed robbery suspects, who terrorized people of the area.

One of the suspects, 25-year-old God’stime Ownede, was arrested on 20 January, 2022, at Uwasota area of Ugbowo axis of Benin metropolis, at about 9 pm, while the trio of Michael Blessing (27), Monday Onojie (46), Joseph Agho (26).

God’stime Ownede’s arrest followed credible information that four suspected robbers attacked one Gods’time Uwnyi (33), a tricycle rider, at Uwasota Road, Benin City, by Texaco fueling station.

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It was gathered that the suspect and three others now at large, beat the tricycle rider and robbed him of his hard earned money and mobile phone.

Two of the seven robbery suspects nabbed by police in Edo
Two of the seven robbery suspects nabbed by police in Edo

On receipt of the information, police operatives in collaboration with local vigilante, led by DPO of Textile Mill Road division, SP Olayinka Adeleye, immediately swung into action and arrested God’s time. The victim’s phone was recovered from him.

The other three suspects who are members of a five-man gangsters who disguised as vigilante members working under a vigilante commander nicknamed Dada, to rob unsuspected member of the public, were arrested on 11 January, 2022, at about 11 pm.

“The suspect have confessed to the crime. Intensive effort is on with the view to arrest other fleeing gang members. Suspect will soon be charged to court at the end of the investigation,” the Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, has commended the effort of the Command’s operatives and vigilante members who swung into action and arrested these suspects.

Ogbadu while assuring the residents of the State that the Command has put in some measures on ground to ensure the safety of lives and properties, further called on law abiding citizens to continue to support and cooperate with the Police towards ensuring a more secured Edo State where economic activities will flourish and prosper.

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