Barely 24 hours after two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate were shot dead by the police in Itori area of Ewekoro Local Government, Ogun State, another suspect has been killed by the force.
This was announced in a statement by the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Tuesday.
He said the suspected kidnapper was killed in “another bloody encounter” with a kidnap syndicate at Ilala forest in Imala area of Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun state.
Oyeyemi said one of the members of the syndicate was shot dead, while another identified as Usman Maidama was arrested by the police.
“The gun battle between the police and the kidnappers was as a result of information received by the police at Imala divisional headquarters that six armed kidnappers were sighted in the forest.
“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 gun duel,” the statement read.
He said other members of the gang escaped into the bush with gunshot injuries.
Oyeyemi said items recovered from the suspects are one single barrel gun, one face mask and two pairs of sandals.