Slain Afuze DPO, others didn’t beg for their lives – Suspects


The suspects who carried out the deadly attack on Afuze Police Division on March 13, 2019 have said the slain four police operatives did not beg for their lives.

The attackers used improvised explosive devices to blow the police station and several vehicles were set ablaze.

The four police officers killed in the attack were the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ojo Kosenami ;  a pregnant police officer, Sergeant Justina Aghomon, Inspector Sado Isaac and Corporal Glory David.

The attackers stripped their uniforms and shot dead.

Those paraded at the Edo Police headquarters in connection the attack were Agunu Ernest, Paul Richard, Sunday ThankGod, Sule ThankGod, George Sabastine and Agbomekhe Ayemibor.

They were arrested after a phone they took from a fleeing staff of INEC was found on Ernest.

Explaining their roles in the attack, Ernest said he, Paul and Sunday were arrested for stealing a motorcycle and they called one Abaga to rescue them.

He said he heard gunshot at night after which they were set free but he kicked against the killing of the policemen.

Ernest said he followed them to INEC office at Afuze where he picked the phone through which he was arrested.

“It was Baga I called to bring money to secure our bail. We were arrested for stealing a motorcycle.

“We have spent two days at the Afuze Police Division. Richard said he has somebody we can call to rescue us from detention.

“We called Baga and he agreed to rescue us. They came and were shooting. They broke us out and we started quarrelling with them why they killed policemen.

“We joined them to INEC office where a vehicle was burnt. I took a phone from one of the INEC offices.

“I was on my way home when police arrested me after searching through phone I picked at INEC office.”

One of the boys that came with Abaga, Sule Omogbai, confessed to killing Corporal Glory.

Sule said four of them entered the police station and were shooting sporadically after detonating an IED.

“We removed one AK 47 and one pistol. I shot Corporal Gloria David. Abaga took others to a room where he shot them dead. They did not beg him not to kill them

“When they released Ernest, he started quarrelling why Abaga would bring in boys to attack.

“Those of us from Jattu left them angrily. We didn’t follow them to INEC office. We were not promised anything.”

Richard said he was sleeping inside the police cell when he heard gunshots.

Police Commissioner, Danmallam Abubakar, said the suspects were arrested through hi-tech intelligence.

He said investigation into the attack was still going on.

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