Four kidnappers have been killed by men of the Inspector General of Police Response Team and the Anti Kidnapping Squad of the Edo State Police Command.
The suspects were shot dead when they stormed Presco Oil Company LTD along Benin-Sapele Road to abduct an expatriate.
The four deceased suspects including Osaosemwen Osifo, David Ogba, Efosa Friday and Nelson Uchiko, were earlier arrested in 2015 for alleged kidnapping.
They were charged to court and remanded in Oko Correctional Centre in Benin City.
The gang leader, Osaosemwen, popularly called “K2”, was sàid to engage in various armed robbery operations in Benin city and environs.
The suspects have allegedly kidnapped several prominent individuals in Benin City and environs including Engineer Ogbeide Nosakhare, Prof Raymond Ozolua, Prof Isah, the Managing Director of Okon’s Furniture, Mr Okons.
They escaped from Oko Prison during the October 19, 2020 EndSARS protest, regrouped and returned to crime, terrorising Benin City and environs.
Their luck ran out this week when they stormed Presco Oil Company to abduct the expatriate, who works for the company.
Based on a tip-off, the Inspector General of Police Response Team and Anti Kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit intercepted the suspects at the Benin Bypass in Benin.
Four of them were killed on the spot during a gun duel.
A Golf car allegedly snatched by the hoodlums with the registration number removed used for the operation was recovered.
Also recovered were two AK 47 rifles and several mobile phones.