Four policemen who responded to a distress call about a gang of armed kidnappers, who blocked the Benin-Auchi-Abuja road in Edo State at the weekend were killed in a gun duel, just as the hoodlums abducted Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome who was one of the travellers trapped on the road during the operation.
Briefing newsmen on the incident, Mr. Adebanjo, the Edo State Police Commissioner, said: “Operatives of the command led by DPO Ehor division responded swiftly to a distress call at about 3:30pm that an unspecified number of armed men had blocked the Benin-Auchi Road by Ehor axis. However, the hoodlums ambushed the patrol vehicle and opened fire on them, prompting an exchange of fire.
“At the end of the gun duel, the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds but not without their victim who was later identified upon search on his abandoned vehicle as Ozekhome and his driver. Regrettably, the command lost four officers in the encounter. We salute their rare courage and bravery for they fought and died as heroes for the course of humanity. Their death shall not be in vain. We remain undeterred in our fight against armed banditry.”