Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, barely 24 hours after they gunned down two members of a kidnap syndicate in Itori area of Ewekoro Local Government has killed another suspected kidnapper and arrested one at Ilala forest in Imala area of Abeokuta North LGA of the state.
The gun battle between the police and the kidnappers, as confirmed by the command spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi followed information the police received at Imala divisional headquarters that six armed kidnappers were sighted in the forest.
He said, “Upon the information, the DPO Imala division, CSP Bernard Ediagbonya quickly mobilised his men, the hunters, vigilante men, So Safe Corps as well as Fulani youths and stormed the forest.
“On getting to the scene, the hoodlums, who sighted the team from afar opened fire on them, and the team engaged them in a gun duel, in the process, one of the hoodlums was gunned down, while another one who identified himself as Usman Maidama was arrested.
“Other members of the gang escaped into the bush with gunshot injuries.
“Recovered from them are: one single barrel gun, one face mask and two pairs of sandals.
“The command’s onslaught operations against bandits have been yielding positive results, four Ak 47 riffles have been recovered from the hoodlums within the last three weeks, while some of the bandits have met their waterloo during an exchange of fire within the same period.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction with the consistent fight against criminals by men of the command has ordered the transfer of the case to anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation, while assuring the good people of the state that the clampdown on hoodlums in every part of the state will be a continuous exercise.
He also directed that the escaped members of the gang be hunted for and brought to justice quickly.