Four gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have met their waterloo in a gun duel with operatives attached to the Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police.
After the encounter four AK-47 rifles, six magazines loaded with 20 live ammunition, 10 expended ammunition and one unregistered Bajaj motorcycle were recovered from them.
Our correspondent gathered that they were neutralised during a hot exchange of gun fire in their hideout at a forest along Ibara Orile Ogun State by operatives attached to the Zonal Monitoring Unit of the Zonal Command.
It was also gathered that the invasion of the criminal den was consequent upon a directive by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Zone, (AIG) Ali Mohammed based on an intelligence report.
The Zonal Command Spokesperson SP Hauwa Idris Adamu in a release made available to journalists said investigation revealed that members of the syndicate were drawn from different parts of the country while some of them came from the neighboring countries of Niger and Chad respectively.
The statement reads, “On the 6th day of May, 2023 at about 1800hrs intelligence was given to the AIG Ari Mohammed Ali (fcia) that a syndicate of kidnappers who have been terrorizing Abeokuta (the capital of Ogun State) and its environs were seen somewhere suspected to be their hideout.
“Consequently, a team of Detectives from the Zonal Monitoring Unit swung into action; on sighting the Police in their hideout at a forest along Ibara Orile Ogun State, the suspected kidnappers engaged the Detectives in a gun duel where four of them were neutralized while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“Thereafter, when the hideout was later searched, One (1) unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle, Four (4) AK47 rifles, Six (6) magazines loaded with 20 live ammunition, 10 expended ammunition were recovered. Further investigation into the incident revealed that members of the syndicate were drawn from different parts of the country while some of them came from the neighboring countries of Niger and Chad, respectively.
” However, efforts are on top gear to arrest the other fleeing suspects while investigation is in progress.”