Edo Police Mop Up 120 Prohibited Firearms

BENIN CITY – The Police in Edo said they have recovered no fewer than 120 assorted prohibited firearms in a mop up excercise conducted in the state recently.
Five persons were said to have been arrested during the mop up workout that lasted a month.
The Commissioner of Police in Edo CP Johnson Kokumo disclosed this while displaying guns and ammunition said to have been harvested from individuals to journalists in his office at the state police command headquarters in Benin City, yesterday.
The CP also stated that the mop up excercise conducted in the state was in full compliance with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police IGP Mohammed Idris that police commands across Nigeria should mop up all illegally acquired firearms from members of the public in the overall interest of national security.
He explained that some individuals willingly submitted their guns while others were recoverd following intelligence reports and coordinated raids.

“Some said the firearms found in their possession belong to their late parents, brothers, uncles”. CP Kokumo stated.
Among the list of the firearms said to have been recovered are nine AK-47 riffles, 15 Pump Action Guns, 23 locally made cut-to-size guns, , one Beretta riffle, one T06 riffle and 154 live ammunition.
CP Kokumo however thanked members of the public for volunteering the information that led to recovery.
Similarly, the CP stated that the command also apprehended three suspected kidnappers and a member of armed robbery gang operating in Edo State.
Sophisticated arms and ammunition were said to have equally recovered from them as a manhunt had been launched after other fleeing members of the gang.
“Some said the firearms found in their possession belong to their late parents, brothers, uncles”. CP Kokumo stated.
Among the list of the firearms said to have been recovered are nine AK-47 riffles, 15 Pump Action Guns, 23 locally made cut-to-size guns, , one Beretta riffle, one T06 riffle and 154 live ammunition.
CP Kokumo however thanked members of the public for volunteering the information that led to recovery.
Similarly, the CP stated that the command also apprehended three suspected kidnappers and a member of armed robbery gang operating in Edo State.
Sophisticated arms and ammunition were said to have equally recovered from them as a manhunt had been launched after other fleeing members of the gang.

Edo Govt. Hands Over Father, Two Sons To Police For Defiling 9-Yr-Old Child

BENIN CITY – The Edo State government has handed over 70 years old Francis Ezomo, and his two sons; Nosa Ezomo, 26 years old and Festus Ezomo, 29 years old, to the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl, who is a relative of Mr Francis Ezomo’s wife.
The Acting Chairman of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Basic Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, told journalists after the suspects were handed over to the Police at Government House, Benin City, that the case was reported to her office by the headmistress of the minor.
“The issue came to the limelight when the headmistress of the minor’s school noticed a change of behaviour in the minor and decided to ask her what the problem was. The nine years old girl narrated her ordeal to the headmistress who then informed the Education Secretary of the local government council where the alleged crime took place. We then swung into action and got the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development involved,” Dr. Oviawe said.
The SUBEB boss added that when “we could not get the necessary action required from the Police, the state government swung into action and these three men were apprehended almost immediately.”
She explained that the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has taken custody of the child who is now in a safe place and assured that SUBEB would ensure that her education is not truncated.
“What the men have done is bad and their actions have attempted to destroy the life and future of the minor. The three men took advantage of the child and exposed her to trauma. We have waded into the case to ensure justice prevails,” Oviawe said.
The commissioner of police assured that his men would investigate the allegation and charge the case to court.
“Scientific investigation for the minor was sent to the hospital and a doctor report has shown that her hymen has been broken. The scientific report has established that the minor was sexually abused. We will investigate the case and charge them to court,” Kokumo said, and urged parents not to leave the duty of nurturing their children to teachers in schools.
“Nurturing a child is not just the responsibility of the school, both parents and guardians have a lot of roles to play in the proper training up of our children,” the police boss said.

Police Rescue Kidnap Victim, Gun Down Suspect In Benin

BENIN CITY – Operatives of Edo Police Command yesterday rescued a kidnap victim killing one of the suspected kidnappers in the rescue operation.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State CP Johnson Kokumo disclosed this while displaying bullet-ridden corpse of a young man said to be one of the kidnappers.
CP Kokumo stated that a four-man gang of kidnappers waylaid and abducted the victim by the gate of his residence at Ugbor area of GRA, Benin City about 8pm on Wednesday.
He said the police on receiving a distressed call swung into action as discreet trailing of the gunmen throughout the night resulted in the killing of one of the kidnappers and rescue of their victim unhunt while others fled.
CP Kokumo reiterated the police command resolve to make Edo state a hotbed for criminals and their allies in the state.


He however called on members of the public to always provide information to the police as such information would be treated with almost confidentiality.
Narrating his ordeal, the rescued kidnap victim who identified himself simply as Odion, diesel mercant, expressed gratitude to the police for their swift response to ensure he regained his freedom.
Odion said he was kept in his car and driven to unknown destination where they remained inside his vehicle while his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card forcefully taking from him was used to withdraw yet-to-be known amount of cash from his bank account.
He maintained that as the his abductors were busy tormenting for more money, the police sworped on them, gunned down one of the kidnappers and rescued him unhunt.
The rescue operation according to police sources took place at Uwamose Street, Off Sapele Road, Benin City.
Items paraded along with the corpse of the suspect included one cut-to-size gun and a Honda car said to belong to the kidnap victim.

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