Police in Ogun state command on Thursday said some kidnappers had laid ambush on the members of Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ogun community.
A statement by the state police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the kidnappers launched an attack on the policemen to free their colleagues who had been arrested at Ode Omi community in Ogun State.
Oyeyemi added that the kidnappers who engaged the police operatives in a gun duel later failed in their mission when they sustained fatal injuries and fled.
“On August 21, the efforts of Ogun State Police Command in checkmating the activities of hoodlums, who have taken kidnapping as business yielded a positive result when four members of a kidnap gang who abducted three persons including a son of the Chief Imam of Ode-Omi Community on Sunday 11th of August 2019 which coincidentally was Sallah day were arrested by men of the Command.
“The three victims namely: Adamson Bamidele, Adam Jelil and Sanni Azeez were earlier rescued on 16th of August 2019 while police kept on trailing their abductor who are still hibernating in the creek.
“At a stage, the policemen advanced to their hideout in the creek and engaged them in a gun battle; four policemen were injured in the process forcing the policemen to withdraw but laid ambush around the area.
“Unknown to them that they are being trailed, four members of the gang came out of the creek probably to relocate to another place and police swooped on them and got them arrested”, Oyeyemi said.
Oyeyemi claimed two cut to size guns, four live cartridges, one cylinder, one boat engine and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.
“While the arrested suspects were being taken to Abeokuta by men of 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, resulting to cross firing between the gang and the police.
“At the end of the gun duel, two out 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 seize this opportunity to appeal to members of the public, especially hospitals to report anybody seen with gunshot injury to the police in their area,” he explained.
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