By Nkasi Kolie
Ogun State Police Command on Sunday shot dead two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate when they engaged the Police in a gun battle in Itori area of Ewekoro local Government Area of the State.
Ogun State Police Spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement said :”The suspects met their Waterloo when policemen in Ewekoro Divisional Headquarters received information at about 7:30 am, that some armed hoodlums with face mask were sighted hibernating in a bush at the back of ICT Polytechnic Itori.
Coupled with the fact that many suspected kidnappers have been traced to the same forest before, the anti robbery team of Ewekoro division was quickly dispatched to fish out the hoodlums.
“On sighting the policemen, the gang opened fire on them and the operatives 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.
“Recovered from them are: one locally fabricated shot Gun, two live cartridges, two battle axes, empty shells of AK 47 riffle ammunition, three Android phones, two small phones, eight pairs of slippers and two school bags.
“Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who commended the gallantry display of his men, has warned criminals to stop testing the will power of the command under his watch, as doing so will continue to spell doom for them.
“The CP also directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang. He, therefore, reiterated the stand of the command to roll out all its arsenal to wage war against crime and criminality in order to make Ogun state free of violent crime”.