Two members of a suspected kidnap syndicate on Sunday 29th of August 2021, lost their lives when they engaged men of Ogun state police command in gun battle in Itori area of Ewekoro local government.
The two suspects met their Waterloo when policemen in Ewekoro divisional headquarters received information at about 7:30 am that some armed hoodlums with face masks were sighted hibernating in a bush at the back of ICT polytechnic Itori.
With the knowledge that many suspected kidnappers have been traced to the same forest before, the anti-robbery team of the Ewekoro division was quickly dispatched to fish out the hoodlums.
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”On sighting the policemen, the gang opened fire on them and the policemen engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 40 minutes. At the end of the encounter, two members of the syndicate were gunned down while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries. ”DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the command who confirmed the incident said
Items recovered from the suspects include one locally fabricated shot gun, two live cartridges, two battle axes, empty shells of AK 47 riffle ammunition, three android phones, two small phones, 8 pairs of slippers and two school bags.
The state commissioner of police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun who commended the gallantry display of his men, has warned criminals to stop testing the willpower of the command under his watch because doing so will continue to spell doom for them. The CP also directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang.