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Southwest Regional Security Kills 2 Suspected Kidnappers

Amotekun, the regional security outfit of Nigeria's Southwest has killed two kidnappers in Oyo State.

Members of the Southwest Region Security outfit known as Amotekun have killed two suspected kidnappers in Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Olayinka Olayanju, the state Commandant of Amotekun, who confirmed the report to HumAngle said the kidnappers were killed during an operation by officers of the security outfit on Friday, July 30.

“It is true. There was an operation yesterday afternoon,” he said in a telephone interview. “With the support of local vigilantes and hunters, we killed two of them.”

DAILY POST reported that the kidnappers stormed Iwere Ile town on Friday in a failed attempt to kidnap some residents of the community. Amotekun officers reportedly engaged the assailants in a gun duel and killed two of them.

HumAngle gathered that three other members of the kidnap syndicate escaped with bullet wounds. When contacted for comments on the incident, Adewale Osifeso, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State was not immediately available. 

Kidnapping for ransom in the Southwest region of Nigeria has been on the rise like in many other parts of the country.

HumAngle reported that despite the launch of the Amotekun security outfit by the governors of the six Southwest states, cases of abduction in the region have not reduced. 

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