Four suspected kidnappers have been killed by men of the Edo State Police Command during a shootout.
The police operatives were said to have ran into an ambush by the kidnappers while two suspects in their custody were taking them to their armoury at a bush after Ogba River in Oredo local government area.
Police sources said members of the gang attacked the policemen and the police returned fire which led to the killing of the four suspects while others who fled in standby in a boat stationed on the river.
The source said the suspected kidnappers were preparing to kidnap a wealthy individual when the police encountered them on Tuesday morning.
Edo Police Commissioner, Danmallam Muhammed, who confirmed the incident said it would have been a tragedy if his men were not at alert when they ran into the ambush.
He said, “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.
“Four of the kidnappers were killed in the course of the attack while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Our men were at alert otherwise it would have been a different story on our part”.
Meanwhile, two commercial motor cycle riders have been robbed and killed in different parts of Etsako West local government area.
General Secretary, Etsako West Chapter Automated Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) Mr. Momodu Kassim, said one of the victims recently bought his motorcycle.
According to Kassim, “They killed another one today (Wednesday) that we have just gone to bury. He is an Hausa boy and he just bought the new Okada about two weeks ago.
“He was attacked near old Prison Quarters near NYSC secretariat area that is where they killed the boy, we have just gone to bury him. They killed him and went away with his bike.
“The other one happened on Monday and he is Jatto William from Otuo. That one happened along Winners Road by Powerline in Sabo Quarters. The road that links winners to mechanic village. He just bought the okada less than five days”.