By Monday EBALU, Benin city
The Edo State police command yesterday paraded suspected criminal gang engaged in unwholesome activities of the assemblage of components of Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The State commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo who briefed journalists at the command headquarters in Benin City said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday at Okugbe area, near Iddo Okpella in Etsako east Local Government Area of the State.
The suspects included Idris Ibrahim, 22, Zainab Ibrahim and Oyeza Abdul .
Kokumo said: “on the day in question, one of the IEDs in the gang’s arsenal exploded and severed one of the lower limbs of one of its members named Sanusi who died instantly”.
The CP disclosed that the development caused panic and pandemonium in the area and its environs.
According to him, the gang leader identified as Idris Hassa Abdulmalik who is said to be an indigene of Kogi State fled while the three other members were apprehended.
Kokumo further said one Toyota Saloon car marked: Abuja-ABC371HK loaded with IEDs was recovered from the suspects.
He listed the exhibits to include: one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) without the launcher, one Beretta Pistol with seven rounds of .9mm live ammunition, two riot gunners and four Smoke pistols.
Others includes: 23 empty fire extinguisher cylinders, 18 plastic bottles of prepare borne IEDs, 21 expended smoke cartridges, 17 pieces of pipes, two timer, four remote control panel and four remote control switches.
The CP added that eight, nine-volt batteries, two gallons of gun powder, electric junction boxes, three hydrometers, five 500ml bottles of highly inflammable chemicals, half bag of potassium Nitrate amongst others were also recovered.