By Citizen reporters
Soon as Governor Godwin Obaseki departed Edo state with large and prominent entourage to attend the burial ceremony of the mother of Oyo state governor, a powerful and heavily armed gunmen alighted the state, killing residents in different locations in the state capital yesterday.
As the governor and his entourage were posting beautiful pictures of the burial ceremony on social media yesterday, Edo residents filled the media space with gory and highly disturbing pictures of residents killed simultaneously by gunmen in robbery operations in several part of the capital city same day.
It was gathered that an operator of Point Of Sales was shot dead after the armed robbers took her belongings.
The incident happened at Godwin Abbey Way, off Sapele road in Benin city.
According to report,the armed men stormed the centre at exactly 12:50 PM on Friday 4 December,2020 and went straight to the young girl in her early twenties who was operating the POS shop.
The gunmen killed her after collecting her money, mobile phones and other personal items.
The death of the young girl attracted sympathisers who described the deceased as a young promising girl who was into POS business to make ends meet.
Sources closed to Edo state government house also reported yesterday that two victims were rescued from kidnappers by local vigilante group at Obagie community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.
Narrating the story to newsmen, one of the local vigilante members said they got a distress call from the community people and swung into action immediately to rescue the victims.
He further explained that when they discovered their hide outs, the vigilante group attempted to free the kidnapped victims but ended up in gun exchange with the kidnappers as they attempted to escape but luck ran out of one of the kidnappers as he was caught by the vigilante group.
He said the kidnappers were seven but two had been caught and five are on the run.
Government House source added that the vigilante group had already handed the kidnapper to Egba Divisional Police Station for onward investigation.
It would be recalled that Obagie community is under Uhunmwonde Local Government Area which is part of Benin-Auchi road that kidnapping had become the order of the day.
In another development, it was gathered that more than five persons may have been killed in New Benin, popular market area in the state capital in broad day light.
Sources close to the Edo state government house however reported that the heavily armed robbers who brought the New Benin Market, Benin City, Edo state under siege in broad daylight yesterday, were eventually gunned down by some gallant men of the Nigerian Police Force , after a gun duel.
Adding that, six(6) persons who were said to have sustained injuries from stray bullets during the exchange of gun fire are presently receiving treatment at the Central Hospital, Benin City, the Edo state capital.