Police neutralize 5 kidnappers in Ogun, rescue victim - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, March 21, 2024

Police neutralize 5 kidnappers in Ogun, rescue victim

By Demilade Michael

Men of Ogun State Police command on Thursday neutralized five gunmen, out of eight that were responsible for the kidnap of Tunde Osifowokan, the farm manager of Flourishing Poultry Farm, Idowa in Odogbolu local government area of the State, during gun duel.

It would be recalled that the masked gunmen reportedly stormed the poultry farm on Monday shooting sporadically after which they abducted Osifowokan said to be the younger brother of the owner of the farm.

The hoodlums were said to have demanded for the whereabout of the owner of the farm after which his younger brother stood up to say that the farm owner was not around.

On getting to know that the young man is the brother of their target, the kidnappers were said to have whisked him away amidst heavy shooting.

Confirming the development, the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, said the police had been on the trail of the armed gang since the incident was reported.

Alamutu said, "at about 4am on Thursday morning, our anti-kidnapping unit stormed the kidnappers hideout at Odogbolu forest along Sagamu-Benin express way. 

"The kidnappers engaged the squad in a fierce gun battle, during which five, out of about eight were neutralised, while the rest escaped with bullet wounds.

Exhibits recovered from the dead kidnappers included cash sum of N1,185, 070, suspected to be part of the ransom they had collected. 

"Other exhibits are one sword, cellphones, substances suspected to be hard drugs, charms, empty shells of AK47 riffle and sticks".

Alamutu also said the victim, Tunde Osifowokan was rescued unhurt 

The corpses of the kidnappers were said to have been deposited at the morgue of a General Hospital for autopsy.

The CP said that the command has intensified efforts to bring all the fleeing suspects to book, warning that criminals who are hellbent on testing the strong resolve of the police in the state will have themselves to blame

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