Gun battle in Lagos: Police shoot nine kidnappers dead, AK-47 rifles recovered

Police

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on Thursday shot nine kidnappers dead during a gun battle in Ladipo area of the State.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesman disclosed this on Friday at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos.

He said the police’s intelligence gathering assets yielded very credible and actionable intelligence about a dangerous and very notorious gang of kidnappers planning to kidnap some high net-worth individuals in Lagos.

Hundeyin said upon receipt of this intelligence about two weeks ago, CP Fayoade directed the Command’s tactical teams to commence work on it, saying that they followed up closely, monitored dutifully and were able to determine that the gang was going to strike yesterday in Ladipo area of Lagos State.

“With the benefit of this information, we were able to proactively prepare for them and more or less laid an ambush for them.

“The kidnappers who were caught unawares would not give up easily as they engaged the police officers in a shoot-out. They of course bowed to the superior fire power of the police.

“Nine of them were neutralized while two escaped with gunshot injuries. Four AK-47 rifles, four locally-made semiautomatic pistols, nine AK47 magazines, three walkie-talkies, one POS machine and a loud speaker were recovered from them.

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“Also recovered are their two operational vehicles: one black Toyota 4Runner and a blue Lexus RX350. Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects,” he explained.

Hundeyin said the Command had been on the trail of this kidnapping gang for the past eight months for their numerous kidnapping of wealthy individuals in Isolo, Okota, Ejigbo and Ladipo areas of Lagos State.

“We are proud to declare that their reign of terror has effectively come to an end. This breakthrough is in addition to several other breakthroughs we have made in recent times in identifying and apprehending gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers while planning their crimes.

“Many of these were not made public so as to protect the identity of members of the public that made the information available”.

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