An alleged leader of a four-man gang of suspected armed robbers has been shot dead in Ubiaja, Esan South East local government area of Edo state.
Three of the suspects were arrested alive.
In a report monitored by Standard Gazette correspondent, the suspected armed robbers in the early hours of Sunday stormed Ogbeide Medical Centre in Ubiaja where they robbed the hospital staff and relations of patients.
While the operation was ongoing, a distress call was sent to security agents and members of the Ubiaja vigilante group led by Chief Oniha.
The security team immediately stormed the medical centre and met the hoodlums in operation.
Upon sighting the security personnel, the suspected hoodlums opened fire leading to a gun duel between the hoodlums and the security agents.
One of the alleged armed robbers identified as Osagie who dressed in a female wig on his head was killed on the spot during the exchange of gunfire.
Three other suspects were arrested at the scene of the crime.
Men of the Ubiaja Police Division have taken custody of the arrested suspects while the body of the deceased suspect has been deposited in the mortuary.
Items recovered from them include one locally made cut to size single barrel gun, live and expended cartridges and mobile phones.
Standard Gazette gathered that one of the arrested suspects is an ex-convict who was released from the correctional centre ( Prison) a few months ago after he completed his jail term.
The three suspects will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.