A suspected kidnapper has been shot dead in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected criminal was killed police.
Spokesperson of the command, ASP Iwegbu Jennifer, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, September 12, 2022, said the sum of N240,000, one locally made gun, amulets, and charms were recovered from the dead suspect.
"In operationalizing routine ambush techniques, Edo State Police command has yet recorded victory over beleaguered kidnappers in the Northern senatorial zone of the State," the statement read.
"Operatives of the Command on 11/09/2022 led by the DPO Agbede while on routine ambush operation along the pipeline axis of Ughiole forest in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, suddenly encountered some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers emerging from the forest
"The hoodlums sensing the presence of Police operatives engaged them in a gun duel while trying to escape back into the forest, however, one of the kidnappers was fatally injured and later died. Others escaped into the forest with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
"Effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing gang members as intense bush combing is currently ongoing. Items recovered from the dead kidnapper include; one locally made gun, amulets, charms, and cash sum of Two hundred and forthy thousand naira(#240,000.00)
"The Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro, fdc admonished the operatives to dig into ambush attacks on kidnappers to rid the state of the vestiges of these undesirables, especially now that the command is intensifying end-of-the-year security cleanup."