The Edo State Police Command has arrested five suspects over the murder of the former Chairman of Etsako East Local Government Area, Hon Suleiman Afegbua,
He was killed last Thursday along Benin-Auchi Express Road by hoodlums who eyewitnesses alleged were armed herdsmen.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu, confirmed that Suleiman was about fleeing the scene of the incident when he was shot by the gunmen who thought he was about shooting at them.
He said that five persons have been arrested including informants to the assailants, noting that one of the three persons kidnapped by the gunmen had been rescued by his men.
Gwandu warned criminals to leave the state or face the wrath of his untiring officers who will go the extra mile to bring law breakers to book.
He said: “Since yesterday, (Saturday), we have started apprehending suspects. We have arrested the syndicates who killed the Pastor, the businesswoman and the former council chairman; we have rescued one of the three persons that were abducted and we will not rest until the rest two are freed.
“Five persons have been apprehended, the driver is not among the victims or suspects. We have been able to get the informants to those assassins and my teams are everywhere doing their best and we will maintain that tempo to ensure that maximum success is achieved in our investigation.
“Since I came into the state there have been changes and Edo will continue to see changes. If we can’t stop criminals we will continue bursting them into their hideouts. Criminals have no breathing space here,” he declared.
Suleiman was on his way to Benin City to attend a peace and reconciliation meeting with the governor on a lingering problem in the community when he was killed.