Three killed as ‘kidnappers’ move to free arrested colleagues

Two of the four suspected kidnappers arrested in Ogun and one of their alleged colleague

were on Wednesday killed during a gun battle with policemen.

The suspects, who were apprehended at Ijebu waterside and were being moved to the

command headquarters in Abeokuta by the team, were said to have been caught in cross

fire between policemen and their gang members who laid ambush between J4 and Abigi in

a bid to rescue them.

It was gathered that the four members of the gang allegedly responsible for the kidnap of three

persons, including the son of a Chief Imam on Sallah Day, were arrested after they came out of the

creek where they have been hiding.

Although the police succeeded in rescuing the victims on August 16 and arrested one of the

suspects then, they were forced to retreat after some cops sustained injuries in the operation.

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Items and weapons found on the suspects

According to spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),

detectives continued to trail the criminals who were hibernating in the creek and their

efforts paid of Wednesday morning when four gang members came out.

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“They came out probably to relocate to another place not knowing that they were being trailed.

The police swooped on them and arrested them. Two cut to size guns, four live cartridges,

a cylinder, one boat engine and assorted charms were recovered from them.

“While the arrested suspects were being taken to the command headquarters in Abeokuta

by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), their other colleagues who have laid ambush

for them between Abigi and J4 attacked the team with the view of freeing their arrested members.

“This resulted to cross firing between the gang and the police. At the end, two of the arrested

suspects and one of the attackers were fatally injured. One pump action gun belonging to the

attackers and three expended cartridges were recovered at the scene of the ambush while some

of the attackers escaped with bullet injuries.

“The command hereby seizes this opportunity to appeal to members of the public, especially

hospitals to report anybody seen with gunshot injury to the police in their area.”

Source: The Nation

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