A notorious kidnap syndicate has been neutralized after heavy shootout with the police. A member of the syndicate was laid lifeless while another one was said to be on danger list in an undisclosed hospital he was taken to by the police, following exchange of fire power with men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Two other members of the gang were arrested with severe injuries sustained during the encounter, of which, according to the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyas, two policemen also sustained minor injuries and were back on their feet after treatment.
Parading the suspects yesterday, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the state police headquarters, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu said: "On July 12, 2018, intelligence revealed that some armed bandits, who are specialists in kidnapping and armed robbery and whose operations cut across the northern and southern parts of the country, had arrived the state. Their target in Ogun State were two businessmen, namely Alhaji Shehu and Alhaji Kabiyesi. They planned to either rob them or kidnap them for ransom".
Crimepuzzle learnt that, on getting the intelligence, CP Iliyasu wasted no time in mandating the Officer-In-Charge of FSARS, SP Uba Adams, to ensure he tracked, trailed and rounded up the hoodlums, a directive we further learnt, the FSARS operatives technically trailed the bandits and accosted them in Abeokuta, even before getting to their targeted victims.
According to CP Iliyasu, "On sighting the policemen, they engaged them in a gun battle, but were subdued by the superior fire power of the police. At the end of the gun battle, one of the suspects was shot dead, while three namely Yussuf Abdullahi, Ali Mohammed Audu Isa were arrested".
The police boss stated that varying arms and ammunition were recovered at the "battle ground", which comprised seven AK47 rifles with breach numbers NK-343861 and 5625013477; two Pump Action guns; seven magazines; 110 rounds of live 7.62mm ammunition and 30 rounds of live cartridges.
The CP said that the arrested suspects had given very useful information to the police on their various intents, escapades and planned operations, even as they confessed, during interrogation, to have involved in series of robberies and kidnapping operations in several states in the northern and southern parts of the country, "leaving behind tales of fury, sorrow and death in the places they operated".
The police chief added that, "This is a signal to others in their shoes that Ogun State is not and will never be a place where they can fester or hibernate, as our operatives are working round the clock to ward off such criminal elements", adding that his command was resolute and determined to flush out any unscrupulous element out of the state, in order to ensure that the good people of the state slept with their two eyes closed.
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