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A driver with Hartland Construction Company simply identified as Buhari and two police officer were, on Tuesday, allegedly shot dead by gunmen while on a mission to kidnap an expatriate in the vehicle on Benin-Auchi expressway in Edo state.

Reports said the driver and the police officer were coming from the Benin airport where they had picked up the expatriate.

The gunmen were said to have suddenly appeared from the bush and opened fire on the vehicle.

The driver and the police officer were said to have died on the spot while the expatriate was whisked into the bush by the gunmen.

The expatriate was said to have been on leave but came back to the country some days ago to resume work.

The driver who reportedly hailed from Jattu, Etsako West local government, was said to have been buried immediately according to Islamic rite.


Responding to the incident, State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, confirmed the incident.

He said the two officers however survived the attack.


He said the incident happened after Ahor and not Ogbemudia farm as earlier reported.

“It happened. The driver conveying a white man being escorted by two policemen were shot at. The driver died but the officers held on to their riffles and they survived.


“The only thing is that the white man was taken away.”

He explained that the style the kidnappers used was that on sighting a vehicle and they would immediately open fire so that they could force the vehicle to a stop.

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