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Police Kill 2 Suspected Kidnappers In Southwest Nigeria

The suspected kidnappers were reported to have been terrorising the area in Ogun State.

Two suspected members of a kidnap gang were killed in a gun battle with police operatives, the Ogun State Police Command in Southwest Nigeria has said.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police spokesperson in the state said in a statement released on Monday, Aug. 30 obtained by HumAngle that the two kidnappers were killed on Sunday, Aug. 29 in Itori, Ewekoro Local Government of the state.

Oyeyemi said that police officers in Ewekoro Divisional Headquarters were informed that “some armed hoodlums with face masks were sighted hibernating in a bush at the back of ICT Polytechnic Itori.”

According to him, many suspected kidnappers have been traced to the said bush in the past, hence the swift dispatch of the anti-robbery team of Ewekoro Division to “fish out the hoodlums.”

“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,” the police spokesperson said.

“At the end of the encounter, two members of the syndicate were gunned down while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.”

The police recovered 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 from the armed gang.

Edward Awolowo, Commissioner of Police in the state has ordered a search for the gang members who fled the scene.

About a week ago, the Ogun State Police Command killed two suspected kidnappers in a similar shootout situation which took place at Onigaari area, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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