The Ogun State Police Command disclosed on Wednesday, July 26 that its officers shot dead five suspected kidnappers on Tuesday night after a failed attempt to collect a N100 million ransom.
Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said this on Wednesday while parading the corpses of the suspected kidnappers to journalists at the Egba Owode Divisional Police Headquarters in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area.
Oyeyemi said the kidnappers had engaged the police in a shootout during the rescue of the victim who had been in captivity for five days.
He said the suspects had on Friday waylaid the victim, dragged him out of his car at gun point and took him to a forest where they kept him for five days.
The spokesman explained that the kidnappers within the period the victim was in their custody made contact with his family to demand the sum of N100 million.
Following the development, he said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, gave a marching order for the rescue of the victim and arrest of the suspects.
He said the police raided the hideout in the forest and five of the suspects died in the ensuing shootout while one escaped with bullet wounds.
Oyeyemi, however, gave an assurance that the fleeing gang member would soon be arrested.
The victim, Stephen Adesokan, said that he was driving on the Ajura-Ogere road in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area when the suspects accosted him.
Adesokan, the orderly to the Divisional Police Officer of Ibara Divisional Police Headquarters in Abeokuta, said he was full of gratitude to God and the command for rescuing him.
“The bandits emerged from a nearby bush and at gun point forced me out of the car.
“ They led me into a bush and we started trekking for about an hour.
“They later declared to me that they were kidnappers and ordered me to speak to my family through the phone that I am in their custody.
“ They took the phone from me and spoke with my family demanding for N100 million before I could regain my freedom.
“Failure to pay, they said, would result in my death, ” he said. (NAN)