GUNMEN suspected to be kidnappers engaged the Army, the Police and Vigilantes in gun battles on Wednesday along the Benin/Ekpoma road, in Edo State.
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The incident occurred by Okwo, in Ehor, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State made motorists to be stranded for hours while gun battles lasted.
The rampaging kidnappers had reportedly taken over the ever busy highway on Tuesday morning, but were driven into the forest by security operatives who engaged them in gun-6battle.
It was gathered that an unidentified young man who was driving a Lexus SUV was hit by stray bullet on his shoulder.
The undeterred gunmen, however, appeared on the highway Wednesday morning, laying ambush for travellers plying the road.
A combined security operatives again came to the rescue of the motorists, as they engaged the hoodlums.
The hoodlums, however, succumbed to the superior power of the security men who killed three of them, while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.
The State Police Command’s Spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, has confirmed the incident to our Correspondent in a phone interview.
“It’s true sir, it happened yesterday [Tuesday] at 0620hrs, Okwo in Ehor area, but the combined team of the police and the military foiled the attempt, nobody was kidnapped, one person, a young man driving Lexus 350 was hit in his car in his shoulder.
“Meanwhile today (Wednesday), the hoodlums came out again and three of them were gun down by the combined team of the police, military and vigilante. Edo must be safe,” Bello said.
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