One killed as kidnappers engage police in gun battle

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One person has been shot dead by suspected kidnappers in Ogun State.

The police in Ogun State on Tuesday arrested two of the suspected kidnappers.

The suspects, who were identified as Mohammed Bello and Mohammed Bashiru, were apprehended following a distress call received from Bisodun village.

The villagers had informed the police that the kidnappers had invaded their community at about 8pm to abduct a couple, Mr and Mrs Ojo.

Upon the distress call, the DPO of Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, had raced to the scene, where he met the local hunters in large numbers, facing the kidnappers.

According to the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the policemen joined the hunters in search for the kidnappers and the victims.

Oyeyemi said “the kidnappers suddenly opened fire on the rescue team,” stating that the security men also responded.

He regretted that one of the hunters was unfortunately hit by the bullet.

Oyeyemi informed that the kidnappers, who were overwhelmed by the gunfire from the police and the hunters, abandoned the victims and fled.

The abducted victims and the injured hunter were reportedly rushed to the hospital; “but the hunter, Adebare Ramoni, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.”

“At about 10am in the morning, there was information that the suspects were sighted somewhere in the bush, consequence upon which the Area commander of Owode Egba, ACP Adeniyi Adedeji, led teams of policemen to the scene and together with the hunters, stormed the bush and successfully apprehended two amongst the kidnappers,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, in Ogun, Frank Mba, commended the hunters, even as he ordered the transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit.

Mba sympathized with the family of the slain hunter, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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