The men of the Ogun state police command on Saturday engaged suspected kidnappers in a gun duel at Bere forest in Onigaari area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
A statement by the command said that the forest was combed after receiving information from members of the public that the AK-47 bearing criminals numbering about six were hiding in the forest.
The statement by the command’s PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said upon the information, the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, deployed the command’s tactical teams, coordinated by the DPO Owode Egba division, Olusola Oniyiku, to the forest in search of the criminals.
Oyeyemi said that the criminals opened fire on sighting the policemen.
He further said that one of the bandits was shot dead on the spot, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.
“Searching the forest further, one of the bandits with bullets wound was arrested in the bush but gave up the ghost few minutes after.
“Two Ak-47 riffles with breech numbers 1983NF1040 and 1987-3-CA-1212 with five rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. The latest riffle recovery makes it four Ak-47 riffles recovered by the command within the period of two weeks.
“Also recovered from them are sachets of tramadol and assorted charms,” the statement read.
Oyeyemi said that the CP had ordered for massive manhunt for the remaining members of the gang.
“He also appealed to members of the public, especially hospital not to hesitate to inform the police if anyone with gunshot injuries is seen in their area. He, therefore, assured the good people of Ogun state that the command will not rest on its oars until the state is rid of criminal elements.”