Armed robbers let loose have invaded the Divisional Police Headquarters at Igueben, Igueben Local Government Area of Edo state, killing two policemen.
During the incidence that took place on Monday night, the marauding robbers also injured many security personnel just as they also carted away a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
The two policemen, who lost their lives were identified as Monday Asoata, an Inspector, and Esangbedo Ezekiel, a Corporal.
Their bodies already deposited in an undisclosed morgue in the state, while the injured policemen are currently receiving treatment in hospitals located in various parts of the state.
Sources revealed that the armed robbers arrived the station around 8 p.m., throwing dynamite into the premises to gain access and destabilise the police personnel on duty.
Amid sporadic gunshots, the hoodlums then headed for the police station’s armory, thereby looting the arms and ammunition, which they hurriedly carted away.
The killed policemen made efforts to prevent the armed robbers from attacking the station and looting the armory, but they were shot at close range.
Shortly after the attack and killing of the innocent policemen, residents of Igueben trooped to the streets of the ancient town, protesting the gory and horrifying acts, while urging Obaseki and Edo Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, to ensure thorough investigation, arrest of the criminals and to ensure diligent prosecution, to serve as a deterrent to others.
The protesters attributed the “premeditated” attack on the divisional police headquarters to external invaders, which they said might have been as a result of the October 19 looting and razing of seven police stations in Edo and attack on the two correctional centres in Benin, the state capital, leading to escape of 1,993 inmates, who immediately returned to crimes.
Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Tuesday via the telephone, confirmed the attack on the divisional police headquarters at Igueben.
He said: “On November 9, 2020, at about 19.30hrs, hoodlums suspected to be armed robbers, invaded the police station at Igueben. Immediately, the police personnel mobilised to repel them.
“During gun duel, one of the suspected armed robbers was shot dead, two policemen were wounded and they were taken to the hospital. One motorcycle, suspected to belonging to the robbers was confiscated by the police. No policeman was killed in the attack.
“The police are doing their best to weed out criminal elements in that axis (Igueben) of the state. As I speak, normalcy has returned to that part of Edo.”