Three suspected kidnappers have been murdered by police officers attached to Delta state police command.
The state police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe in a statement released on Monday June 5 said the incident occurred on June 5, 2022, around 12.35pm.
“On June 5, 2022, around 12.35pm, operatives of the command’s Rapid Response Squad, while on an undercover anti-crime patrol along the Asaba/Benin Expressway, some armed hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers numbering about five, suddenly emerged from the bush at Umunede axis.
“The hoodlums fired gunshots at the space bus in an attempt to rob and possibly kidnap the occupants, but unknown to them that the occupants were undercover police operatives.
“The team smartly disembarked from the vehicle and returned fire. The hoodlums, on realising that their potential victims were policemen, ran into the bush.
“The team went into a fierce gun duel with the hoodlums during which three members of the gang were fatally wounded.
“The injured hoodlums were taken to a hospital, but died while receiving treatment.”
The police recovered one fabricated revolver pistol, six 7.62mm live ammunition and four expended 7.62mm ammunition. A manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.