BENIN CITY-Edo Police Command has paraded four fake soldiers and 43 other persons alleged to have been involved In various crimes ranging from kidnapping, cultism to armed robbery in the state.
Sophisticated arms, ammunition, cash, electricity meter, and materials said to be cult paraphernalia were among exhibits paraded along with the suspects.
The four fake soldiers who were paraded for alleged kidnapping included Ex-lance-corpral Emmanuel Musa, 35, from Kano State, David Iyoregie, 28, from Bayelsa State, Kingsley Egharevba, 30, from Edo State and Chibike Wabale-Ejie, 20, from Anambra State.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Mr Haliru Gwandu paraded the 47 suspects before journalists at the state police command headquarters, Benin City, yesterday.
He disclosed that the suspects were nabbed at different hideouts across the state.
CP Gwandu said their arrest followed intelligence reports and the synergy between the police command and communities in the state.
He reaffirmed the command’s readiness to maintain and improve the security in Edo State just as he solicited the collaboration of residents in the state.
The police chief however commended the proactive efforts of men and officers of the command which he noted foiled planned cult attacks in the state, recently.
He also maintained that the improved security being enjoyed by travellers on Benin-Ore road and other highways in the state revealed the command’s readiness to curtain any unforseen circumstances that may arise Edo State.
Mr Gwandu disclosed that operatives of the command were on the trail of some other suspects as those apprehended would be charged to court upon completion of investigations.
One of the paraded fake soldiers who identified himself as a dismissed lance-corporal Emmanuel Musa said they were arrested for impersonation and not kidnapping.
Some of the other suspects confessed to the crime.
It will be recalled that the state police command last month paraded 53 suspected criminals nabbed at different locations in the state.