Ogun police kill another bandit, arrest one other inside forest


Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say another bandit fell to the superior firepower of the command during a shootout with bandits inside Ilala forest in Imala area of Abeokuta North Local Hovernment area of the state.

They added that his accomplice was equally arrested inside the same forest.

This breakthrough came 24 hours after two members of a kidnap syndicate were gunned down inside the forest at Itori area of Ewekoro Local Government.

The state Police Public Relations Officer,  Abimbola Oyeyemi said the the recent gun battle between the police and the kidnappers was as a result of information received by the police at Imala divisional headquarters that six armed kidnappers were sighted in the forest.

Acting on the information, he said the Divisional Police Officer,  Imala Division, CSP Bernard Ediagbonya quickly mobilised his men, the hunters, vigilante men, So Safe corps as well as Fulani youths and stormed the forest.

Oyeyemi added that when the team got to the forest, the hoodlums, who sighted the them from afar opened fire on them, and the team engaged them in gun duel.

He said,  “In the process, one of the hoodlums was gunned down,  while another one who identified himself as Usman Maidama was arrested. Other members of the gang escaped into the bush with gunshot injuries.”

Oyeyemi listed the exhibits recovered from them as; one single-barrelled gun, one face mask and two pairs of sandals.

He said the command’s operations against bandits have been yielding positive results, as four Ak 47 rifles have been recovered from the hoodlums within the last three weeks, while some of the bandits have met their waterloo during exchange of fire within the same period.

Meanwhile, the  state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction with the consistent fight against criminals by men of the command has ordered the transfer of the case to Anti- kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation, while assuring the good people of the state that the clampdown on hoodlums in every part of the state will be a continuous exercise.




He also directed that the escaped members of the gang be hunted for, and brought to justice as soon as possible.







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