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Notorious kidnap kingpin dies during gun battle in Lagos

Joy Anyim

The acclaimed ring leader of a notorious kidnap gang responsible for the kidnap, murder of two Bureau- de-Change operators and many other cases of kidnap, in Lagos State, is dead.

The kingpin, Mufutau Sulaimon, (also known as Pencil), was traced to his hideout at Odogunyan area of Ikorodu by operatives of the Lagos State police command.

Sulaimon was said to have engaged the policemen in a gun battle.

He, however, sustained heavy bullet wound during the gun fire, which led to his death.

Confirming the death of the wanted kingpin, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Elkana Bala, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the deceased and his gang also engage in rape, cultism and robbery.

Bala also revealed that two policemen had also sustained injuries during the gun battle.

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According to him, “The notorious kidnap ring leader, led his deadly gang in the kidnap and murder of two bureau-de-change operators at Ikorodu, after collecting a ransom of N1.6 million.

“His death brings an end to the reign of terror. His gang is responsible for mysterious disappearance of people in Ikorodu over a period of time whom they kidnapped, demanded for ransom murdered and dumped them in septic tank.

“They are serial killers, rapists and cultists. Three members of his gang were earlier arrested by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“A sustained monitoring of the fugitive ring leader finally yielded positive results, as the team eventually traced him to his hideout at Odogunyan, Ikorodu.

“On sighting the team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Rotimi Ogunmuyiwa the said Sulaimon engaged the team in a gun battle.

“Two SARS operatives namely, Sergeant Omola Adedeji and Sergeant Oluwadare Gbenga, sustained various degree of injuries.

“While Sulaimon sustained bullet wound on the two legs. They were all taken to the hospital.

“Sulaimon was confirmed dead on arrival, the two injured operatives were taken to intensive care unit and are responding to treatment.”

Recovered from the deceased was a gun with live ammunition and expanded ammunition.