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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Source: guardian.ng

Two suspected kidnappers killed in Ogun state

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Two suspected kidnappers have been killed in a gun battle with Ogun State Police Command while hibernating in a bush at the back of ICT Polytechnic, Itori in the Itori area of Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement, said the suspects met their Waterloo when policemen in Ewekoro divisional headquarters received information about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, that some armed hoodlums with face masks were sighted hibernating in a bush behind the institution.

According to him, the anti-robbery team of the Ewekoro Division was dispatched to fish out the hoodlums as many suspected kidnappers have been traced to the same forest before.
He said: “On sighting the policemen, the gang opened fire on them and the policemen engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 40 minutes. At the end of the encounter, two members of the syndicate were gunned down while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

“One locally fabricated shotgun, two live cartridges, two battle axes, empty shells of AK 47 rifle ammunition, three android phones, two small phones, eight pairs of slippers and two school bags were recovered from them.

The Commissioner of Police Edward Ajogun, who commended the gallantry display of his men, warned criminals to stop testing the willpower of the command under his watch, stressing that doing so will continue to spell doom for them.

He directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang and reiterated the stand of the command to roll out all in its arsenal to wage war against crime and criminality in order to make Ogun state free of violent crime.