A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Godwin Oshiogbuwe, who was abducted at Ubiaja in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, has been found dead.
His body was found in a forest on Ubiaja-Ewohimi-Agbor Road by a police tactical team.
Police sources said he was killed because the kidnappers discovered that he was a policeman through his ID card and pictures in his phone.
The deceased hailed from Auchi in Edo State and served in Abuja.
It was learnt that the body had been deposited in a mortuary.
Police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor said a search party discovered the body at Emu-Oken bush.
Oshiogbuwe and four others were kidnapped by gunmen at Ubiaja, the headquarters of Esan South East Local Government.
He was travelling to Asaba in Delta State when their vehicle was stopped by the gunmen.
They were reportedly taken inside the bush.
A source said a pastor, who was travelling along the route, was shot and had been hospitalised.