Edo police arrest grave robbers, kill suspected kidnappers

The Edo State Police Command has mentioned it has arrested a legal gang that specialises in robbing graveyards and utilizing physique components for rituals, whereas six kidnappers had been killed in a gun duel.

The Edo State Police Spokesman, SP Bello Kontongs, mentioned the skulls taken from the graves are bought to herbalists for ritual functions.

He mentioned, “On 06/05/2022 at about 10:30hrs, the operatives of the Edo State Police Command arrested a legal gang that focuses on vandalizing vaults and graveyards to desecrate corpses and decimate their components for business functions.

“The chief of the gang is Josephine Adun ‘F’ (40) of Omono Road, Off Stadium Roadhouse, Benin Metropolis. Different members are Oyegoke Olushola ‘M’ (42) of N0. 82 Zomi-Zomi Road Off Higher Sakponba Street Benin Metropolis, Edo State who’s the gang herbalist and Charity Goodluck ‘M’ (29) of Forestry Street, Ologbo who purchased the cranium for Forty Thousand Naira (N40,000.00).

“Saddened by this crime, the CP is looking on all Native Authorities Areas of the state and different companies of presidency who’re empowered in safeguarding the cemetery to take action, as actions of those criminals have to be checked earlier than they represent extra nuisance within the society,” he added.

He continued, “On 11/05/2022 at about 07:45hrs, the operatives of the command in collaboration with native vigilante went on bush combing in an effort to trace down, presumably arrest and get better arms from kidnap syndicates who’re in Uzea Forest Uromi in Esan Central Native Authorities Space of the state.

“The kidnap syndicate sighting the staff of operatives, engaged them in a heavy gun duel, however the superior firepower of the staff led to the loss of life of two members of the syndicate whereas 4 others that had been initially arrested in Ugboha and Ubiaja who had been main the operatives to the syndicate hideout particularly; Mohammed Amedu ‘M’ (29), Shaibu Lawal ‘M’ (30), Nasiru Mohammed ‘M’ (31) and Mohammed Ibrahim ‘M’ (28) sustained severe gunshot accidents through the encounter.

“The injured suspects had been taken to hospital the place they died whereas receiving therapy.

“The next gadgets had been recovered from them; one AK-47 rifle, one pump motion gun, one double barrel, 5 dwell ammunition and one AK-47 journal,” he added.

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