Earlier reports of the death of the Assistant Commissioner of Police heading Benin Area Command Metro of the Edo state police command, ACP Agabi Godiri has been corrected by the Edo state Police Commissioner Babatunde Kokumo who told newsmen in Benin midday Sunday , that the man is recuperating fast at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where he is receiving treatment.
The Assustant Commissioner was among several other Nigerians shot by some suspected hoodlums during a rival cult clash  at the Upper Sakponba road end of Benin City on Friday.
The position of the Commisioner is further reinforced by the report of a leading Crime Correspondent Festus Alenkhe who was allowed to see the Commissioner in hospital.
Alenkhe said he saw the Assistant Commissioner of police seeing off some visitors  who came to check on him.
 It was discovered that the Police Area Commander only sustained  slight injury during the attack as he was quick to have escaped after he was shot by the ravaging gun men.
 It was further revealed that the Policeman who was not on uniform ran in to the gunmen who immediately opened fire into his car. But he quickly zoomed off from the area with the injury where he then called for police back-up from where he was taken to the hospital for immediate attention.
Rumour of his death later spread like wild fire. But Nigerian Pilot   can authoritatively confirm that ACP Agabi Godiri is alive. Further report revealed that he will be discharged from the hospital soon.
 It would be recalled that , Upper Sakponba road and some parts of Benin City have recently been experiencing increasing wave  of armed robberies, kidnappings and other criminal activities. But the police said , the public space will not be left for miscreants to dominate as they have now rolled out measures to check criminal elements.
However two other policemen, both Inspectors, who were shot along with the ACP were still receiving treatment at UBTH. But hospital sources said they were on danger list.
The three policemen were said to have run into an ambush mounted by Aiye and Vikings cult groups while on a rescue mission in Upper Sokponba and Murtala Mohammed Way axes of Benin.
The casualties of the cult war were said to have included innocent residents who were going about their normal business.
In a related development ,  Policemen in the Edo state Police Command have been receiving threat calls and messages from many of the fleeing 1,993 inmates who escaped on October 19 from the Maximum Correctional Centre (White House) on Sapele Road and the Mèdium Correctional Centre on Airport Road, both in Benin, during the #EndSARS protests that were hijacked by hoodlums.
This was disclosed to.newsmen  by the Edo state Commissioner for Police Babatunde Kokumo
” The threat calls and messages were mostly for policemen who investigated and prosecuted the convictions of the escapees’ Kokumo said
 The Edo state  Police Boss warned criminals who looted goverment and private citizens properties during the # Endsars protests  to return all they stole within seven days or face the wrath of the law.
 He said that officers and men of the command were working within existing limitations to restore normalcy to the state.
Kokumo said: “Just imagine what it means that three police stations along Sokponba Road, Benin were destroyed and burnt, patrol vehicles were destroyed in many other parts of Edo State.
“All the officers and men in the burnt police stations now operate from the state police headquarters (in Government Reservation Area, GRA, Benin).
“The peaceful #EndSARS protests were hijacked by hoodlums. The protests took a violent turn in Edo State with inmates of the two correctional centres in Benin City set free. So, what do you expect?”
Nigerian pilot  gathered that the sudden increase in the volume of illegal arms and ammunition in the state was as a result of the looting and razing of seven police stations on October 19, with large cache of arms and ammunition now in the hands of criminals, mostly the fleeing suspects in the cells of the burnt police stations and the escapees of the two correctional centres who immediately returned to crime.
Yesterday, a medical practitioner, Dr. Maxwell Orosanye, who was attached to the Edo State Government-owned Central Hospital, Benin, was shot by gunmen suspected to be cultists.
He was still receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Edo at press time.
Orosanye was shot near Mobil filling station on Siluko Road, Benin, while his Toyota Corolla saloon car was snatched at gunpoint.
Visits made to the hotspots of the cult war in Benin, especially Upper Sokponba, Siluko, Ibivwe, Uselu, Isihor, Iguosa and Ugbowo which hosts the Federal Government-owned University of Benin (UNIBEN) yesterday evening revealed that the residents were living in fear.
They mostly remained indoors for fear that they could be hit by stray bullets.
Many of the cult members were said to have embarked on house to house search for their rivals without any challenge, in spite of the heavy deployment of soldiers in Benin and its environs.
Etinosa Osifo, father of one of the killed youths, said in an interview yesterday that two boys came to his house on Friday and invited his son for a brief discussion only to shoot him at close range and vanish from the scene.
Many of the cultists were still openly brandishing AK-47 rifles, machetes, battle axes, broken bottles, clubs and other dangerous weapons in broad daylight, shooting sporadically throughout the night and heightening tension in Benin and its environs.
He assured that all the criminals would soon be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
Kokumo said: “Just imagine what it means that three police stations along Sokponba Road, Benin were destroyed and burnt, patrol vehicles were destroyed in many other parts of Edo State.
“All the officers and men in the burnt police stations now operate from the state police headquarters (in Government Reservation Area, GRA, Benin).
“The peaceful #EndSARS protes