– Newscastars.com have gathered that the Police in Edo State revealed through discreet investigation that the killing of its men at a check point was carried out by a drug cartel operating at the Ifon-Sabongida-Ora area of in the Owan West Local Government Area.
– Some sources close to the area said the killing was due to the police hard stance on drug lords in the area.
The killing came a few days after seven policemen were murdered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The FCT killing occurred on July 2 while that of Edo State followed on July 14. Worried by the separate incidents, however, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has announced a N5 million bounty for information that would lead to the arrest of the assailants.
The policemen attached to the Sabongida- Ora Divisional Police Headquarters were killed at a road block at Uzebba-Aviosi junction on Ifon Road, Sabongida- Ora and were burnt inside their patrol van while their official rifles were taken away by the bandits. Sources said the Uzebba area and environs were known for high production of Indian hemp.