Armed robbers on Tuesday killed a police sergeant, Yusuf Igoche and injured a school principal in a gun duel on Lagos-Benin Expressway.
Confirming the incident, the Edo State Police Commissioner, DanMalam Mohammed, said the policeman was on escort duty with a school principal who sustained several injuries and was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
CP Mohammed said they were going to Lagos State from Enugu when they were attacked by the armed robbers.
He said the case is under investigation and a formal report will be filed at the Edo State command.
“We are investigating. As I’m talking to you I just sent a combined team of police officers into the bush now. On that day they followed them and they abandoned their car and a lot of things are recovered from the car.
“So I told them to smoke the forest. They used long-range tear gas. When they saw our police they entered into the bush but they didn’t know the road and immediately they reached a dead end, they abandoned the car there. Our men went there yesterday but I sent them back today again because there is the possibility that they (gunmen) will come out,” he said.
Naija News reports that the Edo State government and the police have since begun the clearing of all bushes by the roadside of Lagos-Benin Expressway to give good visibility to motorists plying the Lagos-Benin expressway.