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Edo: Suspected kidnapper killed during gun duel with police

A suspected kidnapper has been killed during a gun duel with the police along the Benin-Lagos Expressway in Edo State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this in a statement said the incident occurred at Utekon community, Benin City axis of the expressway.

The PPRO said efforts were ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the criminal gang who escaped with their guns.

The statement read, “On 20/06/2022 At About 04:00Hrs, the operatives of Egba Police Divisional Headquarters, Benin City while acting on a distressed call, that a gang of kidnappers/armed robbers blocked Benin-Lagos Expressway by Utekon community, Benin City.

“Immediately police operatives swung into action and moved to the scene. On sighting the police, the hoodlums engaged the police in a gun duel. In the process, the police neutralised one of the kidnappers while other gang members escaped with their guns.

“A combined bush combing operation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing gang members”.

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