Suspected killers of four police officers, including a pregnant woman at the Afuze Police Station in Owan East local government area of Edo State on March 12th, were paraded by the police in Benin city today Wednesday April 24th.
The suspects identified as Agunu Ernest (24), Paul Richard (24), Sunday Thank God (21), Suleiman Omogbai (22), George Sebastian (20) and Agbomikhe Agustine (22), killed the officers, set the station ablaze and set free their colleagues who were arrested for armed robbery in the area.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested when a police officer searched through Agunu Ernest’s phone and discovered that most of the contacts were police officers. Ernest was said to have confessed that the phone belonged to one of the officers killed at the Afuze Police Station. In an interview with newsmen, one of the suspects, Suleiman Omogbai, said Ernest who was arrested by the police invited them to come and rescue them from the cell.
He said it was Abaga who brought the explosives used in the operation, adding that they did not plan to kill the officers during the operation, but that he did not know what came over him. “When we got to the station, Abaga who is at large started shooting and we killed the police officers so that we can escape.
I killed one of the police, while Abaga locked the police inside the room and killed them. Abaga called me that we are going to set free Ernest and three others. Killing was not part of the plan but when we got there, Abaga killed the DPO, that was how we joined him
. I didn’t intend to kill the officer but you know gun has a spirit that goes with it,” he said. Ernest however said he invited Abaga to come and rescue them from the cell but not to kill anyone.“Paul with whom we were locked up in the cell together, brought Abaga’s number.
We then told the IPO to call him to come and bail us. When he came, we told him to come and rescue us and after two hours, we started hearing gun shot. Not too long, they burst the door open and rescued us. We later got to know that they killed the officers,” he said.
The police says the suspects would be charged to court soon.