The Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force said it has arrested a notorious gun runner terrorizing some communities in the state.
Naija News learnt there was celebration in the Ikhuenobo community over the weekend when the news broke out that the wanted criminal, Clement Goubadia, popularly called Babuze has been arrested.
Reports had it that the suspect about two months ago shot one Frank Eferin dead in the presence of a policeman.
It was further alleged that the criminal also attacked a police officer identified as ASP Jolly Ewiwilem who was attached to the Okhuahe division, the same day, before shooting the victim in his presence.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro who got the report of the incident, immediately directed operatives of the Command Intelligence Team to smoke the fleeing suspect out of his hiding.
Naija News learnt that the operatives trailed the criminal to his hideout in Iguomo village last Thursday, where he was subsequently arrested.
Preliminary investigation, as gathered, revealed that the suspect alleged to also be a land grabber had been hiding under the cover of the Edo State Vigilante group, to perpetrate the heinous crime.
Arrested alongside Babuze, was a suspected member of his gang identified as Odira Obiaku, a.k.a Water, Small body big engine, Naija News understands.
One of the residents, Osasuwa Omokhian who spoke with Vanguard said: “He is one of the leaders of the Edo State Vigilante group. He had once ordered his vigilante boys to open fire on police operatives. They have been terrorizing communities in Benin city for a long. We hope he would be prosecuted accordingly so that our communities would experience peace”.
CP Yaro said the suspect and his collaborators would be prosecuted, adding that the command under his watch would not fold its hand and watch criminals hold sway.
He also urged those who have criminal reports against the suspect to step forward, in order to widen the scope of investigation on him, for immediate prosecution.
The force said its operatives recovered an AK 47 from the suspect who has been a nightmare for residents of Benin city.