BENIN CITY – Edo Police Command has arrested 43 persons alleged to have been involved in various crimes, ranging from murder, rape, defilement, armed robbery, kidnapping, impersonation to unlawful possession of firearms, across the state.
The out-going Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo paraded the suspects before journalists at the Police Headquarters in Benin City.
Compol Adebanjo stated that the murder suspects, Lucky Dim, Christopher Jamaru, Ndidi Umokaro and one Obozoke, at different location, dates, conditions, armed with weapons separately murdered three persons in Edo State.
He identified their victims as Angela Aifesehi, killed and dumped at Emotan College field, Benin; one Sunday Akpan beaten to death in Okada Police Division, and one other Obozoke who was attacked by his assailant whom he met harvesting his cocoa in his farmland, respectively.
The police boss also paraded a 35-year-old Nasarawa State born Yakubu John for allegedly impersonating a journalist in other to obtain money from members of the public.
Mr. Adebanjo revealed that the suspect had on Tuesday February 3, 2015 introduced himself as Yakubu Farouk of the Voice of America (VOA) and Voice of Germany (VOG) to a Nigerian in Benin City.
Commenting on his experience with Yakubu, one Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, Chairman of Hausa Community in Edo State disclosed that having introduced himself as a journalist with the VOA, he obliged him audience.
Alhaji Badamasi stated further that his suspicion became rife after Yakubu Farouk demanded for money, adding that no journalist has ever demanded for money or asked him to pay for an interview.
He however revealed that after further suspicious he handed him over to the police.
Yakubu stated that he travelled from Port Harcourt to Benin for the failed deal as he read Mass Communication at the Benue State University, where he graduated in 2006.
He however admitted the allegations made against him while advising all unemployed youths to be patient and positive in their thoughts and actions.
One murder suspects, Lucky Din who was accused of killing his girlfriend denied knowledge of the act, saying that he was in Anambra State when she was murdered.
The commissioner of police however stated that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.