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Edo Police Arrest 7 Over Murder of UNIBEN Professor


The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday said that it has arrested seven persons in connection with the murder of a lecturer with the University of Benin, Prof. Paul Otasowie.
Otasowie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was on October 4 killed by gunmen in Ekehuan, Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased, who was a former Director of the institution’s Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme, was said to have been shot in front of his residence
The Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, disclosed the arrest to journalists during a press briefing at the police headquarters in Benin.
He explained that while two of the suspects were arrested before his arrival as the new commissioner, while five others were arrested on Monday and Tuesday.
He also said that a mobile phone belonging to the deceased was recovered from one of the suspects.
Kokumo stated, “Before my coming on board there was this sad incident about the gruesome killing of Prof. Paul Otasowie. Before my assumption of duty on Monday, two suspects had been arrested in connection with the matter.
“Between Monday and now (Wednesday) that I assumed duty, we have been able to effect the arrest of five additional suspects. It may interest you to know that the telephone belonging to the late Professor has been recovered from one of the suspects.
“And a family member of the late Professor has been able to identify the telephone as being that of the late Professor. So, we have the suspects with us.”
He assured that the command under his leadership would ensure zero tolerance for corruption of policemen and urged residents to report any unlawful act by personnel of the command to him.


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