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26 Jul 2017

Police kill five suspected kidnappers in Ogun, rescue victim

The Ogun State Police Command said on Wednesday that five suspected kidnappers were shot dead on Tuesday night during a failed attempt to collect N100 million ransom.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this while parading the corpses of the suspected kidnappers at the Egba Owode Divisional Police Headquarters in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state.

Oyeyemi said the kidnappers had engaged the police in a gun duel during the rescue of the victim who had been in captivity for five days.

He said the suspects on Friday waylaid the victim, dragged him out of his car at gun point and took him to a forest where they kept him for five days.

The spokesman said the kidnappers contacted the victim’s family and demanded the sum of N100 million.

Following the development, he said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, gave a marching order for the victim’s rescue and the arrest of the suspects.

He said the police raided the gang’s hideout in the forest, adding that five suspects died in the ensuing shootout while one escaped with bullet wounds.

Oyeyemi, however, said the fleeing gang member would soon be arrested.

The victim, Stephen Adesokan, said he was driving on the Ajura-Ogere road in Obafemi-Owode local government area when the suspects accosted him.

Adesokan, the orderly to the Divisional Police Officer of Ibara Divisional Police Headquarters in Abeokuta, was full of gratitude to God and the command for rescuing him.

“The bandits emerged from a nearby bush and at gun point forced me out of the car.

“They led me into a bush and we started trekking for about an hour.

“They later declared to me that they were kidnappers and ordered me to speak to my family through the phone that I am in their custody.

“They took the phone from me and spoke with my family demanding for N100 million before I could regain my freedom.

“Failure to pay, they said, would result in my death,” he said.

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