The Assistant Police Commissioner assumed dead is still alive, Standard Gazette can authoritatively report.
A local newspaper, The Nation had reported on Saturday that the ACP (Name withheld) died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital following the gunshot wound he sustained on Friday.
The Commissioner was attacked on his way to work on Friday, contrary to reports that he was attacked while on a rescue mission with his two colleagues who were also shot.
He is currently receiving treatment and Standard Gazette correspondent in Benin who spoke with the ACP on Sunday morning can confirm that his condition is not life-threatening.
There have been reports of gunshots and killings across the state since the renewed cult war between the Neo Black Movement of Africa popularly known as Aye and Vikings Group.
The Standard Gazette gathered that more than 30 people have been killed across the state particularly in hot zones like Siloko, Upper Sokponba, Uselu, Iguosa, Isihor, Ibivwe, Ugbowo and the Federal University of Benin (UNIBEN).
The local paper reports that students of the university are now living in fear and remained indoors for the fear of being hit by stray bullets.
Despite the deployment of soldiers in Benin, cultists are said to be roaming the street brandishing dangerous weapons – AK-47, battle axes, machetes, clubs, broken bottles in the open without intervention.
The cultists also shoot sporadically throughout the night to scare their rivals away.
The Edo State commissioner of police Babatunde Kokumo said on Sunday during a phone conversation with Ehi Ekhator, editor of Standard Gazette that the Assistant Police Commissioner was shot on the leg and receiving treatment.
Comm. Kokumo blames the increasing insecurity in the state to the jailbreak that happened on October 19 during #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums.
Over 2000 dangerous inmates reportedly escaped the Maximum Correctional Centre (White House) on Sapele Road and the Mèdium Correctional Centre on Airport Road.
During the protest, seven police stations were razed and large cache of arms and ammunition now in the hands of criminals among which are now reportedly sending death threats to police officers who partook in their prosecutions.
“The police is working to ensure that this inter-cult group rivalry fight is brought to an end. The entire system is cult infested and the police are doing level best to ensure that we make this ugly incident
You will recall that new correctional facilities in Edo State were broken into and inmates numbered 2000 were let loose. The aftermath of the protest, a number of police officers were attacked and station burned down and armed and ammunitions carted away from security agencies.
2000 escapees are in circulation, don’t forget, policing Edo State without the escapees is not easy on its own, now we have 2000 escapees in circulations, coupled with the fact that the hoodlums who hijacked protest attacked security agencies carting away with ammunitions.
These escapees are out there on a rampage, so we are not happy about it and the police are doing everything possible to see to it that they are brought to book.
We have deployed enough men and we have requested from the inspector general of the police more hands in terms of increasing the numerical strength and the IGP has obliged our requests.
The Commissioner described the report of the death of his Assistant Commissioner as “a total falsehood” adding that he “spoke with him a couple of minutes ago” and “saw him yesterday evening”.
Kokumbo said the police officer is “in a stable condition” and “did not sustain a life-threatening injury”
“It is unfortunate that the Assistant commissioner was trapped at a scene where the cult members of different cult groups were into a serious fight,” he added.
The State commissioner denied that the Force is “overwhelmed” by the increasing insecurity in the state, assuring that “we will get these criminal elements back to the prison within a short space of time.”
When asked if the police had released the images of those who escaped detention for public assistance, the Commissioner said “That we are working on. The new week, we will witness a new dimension in our fight against these criminals. We have grand plans to remove all these criminals including the escapees.”