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Police allegedly flee as gunmen shot dead bread seller

Thursday night was a sad one to remember as a petty bread seller was shot dead in Benin, capital of Edo state by suspected armed robbers, having collected the sum of N3,500 from the victim.

The victim’s name was said to be Dorcas and she was shot by the gunmen at about 8;45 pm along Mission Road.

Those who saw the scene revealed that Dorcas borrowed some money to improve her business after she was robbed by robbers in June. She was said to have been shot because she grabbed the leg of one of the gunmen and raised her voice for help.

Eyewitnesses said that there was a police patrol van around the vicinity of the scene when the incident occured, adding that after shots were fired, the van drove off.

An eyewitness whose name is Jerimiah, informed journalists that “it was later the police came and took the body away. When the incident happened, the police were said to be at the junction.

DSP Stephen Onwochei, the Edo State Police command spokeman confirmed the robbery. He however rebutted the accounts given by eyewitnesses that policemen were around the scen while the incident occured.

The DSP explained that policemen chased the robbers until the robbers ran into a moat.
He said “our men recovered some bags and clothes inside the moat. Robbers threw victim’s bags inside the moat, we are still investigating the robbrey.