Police Parade 70 Suspected Armed Robbers, Killers of NTA Reporter


Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Edo State Police Command, yesterday disclosed that the killers of the Reporter of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Benin City, Mr. Lawrence Okojie, last month have been arrested and are currently in prison, just as it paraded 70-suspected armed robbers, cultists and kidnappings.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, also said the incessant robbery attacks along the Benin-Lagos express road has been checked, adding that the command is currently patrolling the area with Armoured Personal Carriers (APC) to check the activities of armed robbers.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects include three cut to size double barrel guns, one cut to size pistol, two locally made pistol guns, cutlasses, military uniform, military ID and booth, 4 vehicles and two cut to size double barrel guns.

On the killers of the NTA Reporter, CP Gwandu explained that “It was a cult related matter, the cultists were fighting around that area and unfortunately the NTA reporter ran into their shooting and he was killed while he was trekking back home after work. But very fortunately, we were able to arrest the guy who gunned him down. The guy is cooling in prison right now because it was a clear case of murder”.

Continuing he said, “We have seen enough peace here in the past two months and incessant attacks especially along the Benin-Ore express road, but today that is no longer there because of the measures we have put in place. Our men are all over, we are using armoured Personal Carriers to supervise that high way and the Benin Auchi- Abuja road. We are not sleeping we are bursting crime every day and we will continue until we flush them out of the state.