Officers of the Edo State Police Command have gunned down four suspected kidnappers in a shootout.
According to police reports, the two suspected kidnappers were arrested by the police after they were tracked down through electronic monitoring.
The two kidnappers were told to guide the police to their den so that they could round up the rest of the gang. The police, however, did not know that they were being led to an ambush at their armoury, located in a bush after Ogba River in the outskirts of Benin.
The policemen noticed that some of the members of the gang were lurking in the area, and as the kidnappers opened fire on them, the police operatives responded in like manner.
This resulted in the killing of four of the kidnappers. Two men on motorcycles were also reported to have been shot while the rest of the kidnappers who were said to be on standby in a boat fled through the river.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. DanMallam Muhammed, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying it would have been tragic if the policemen were not alert when they were ambushed.
“It is not a case of gunning down the kidnappers. The police officers were ambushed but our men were at alert and responded quickly and swiftly and killed four of the kidnappers in the course of the attack while others escaped with gunshot injuries," he stated.