Two suspected kidnappers have died from bullet wounds sùffered during a gun duel with operatiives of the Kwara state police comand in a bush, the state’s police command said Wednesday.
The suspected kidnappers according to a statement by the state’s police Public Relations Officer Okasanmi Ajayi, Wednesday, were bursted in a bush while sharing the ransome they collected from thier victims’ family.
Ajayi said the abductors had on September 13, 2022 abducted one Mrs Adusat Lawal and her Son Taofeek Lawal in Shao and whisked them away following which the command’s tactical team launched a manhurt for them.
On sighting the police operatives, he said the suspected kidnappers opened fire on the search and recue team which were supported by vigilantes and local hunters, leading to intese gun duel.
The police spokesperson said during the encounter, two of the kidappers hit by bullet were arrested and taken to University of Ilorin teaching hospital (UITH) where they were confirmed dead.
He said the two victims that were abducted were also rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families while the corpses of the suspected kidnappers have been deposited at UITH morgue for autopsy.
He said exhibit recovered from the kidnappers includes one Honda Accord Saloon car with Reg. Number LAGOS GJ 52 LSR, one single barrel gun and an unspecified amount of money.
The statement reads, “Recall that on 13/9/22 at about 2320hrs a Kidnapping incident occurred in Shao, Kwara State, one Afusat Lawal ‘F’ and her son one Taofeek Lawal ‘M’ were abducted and whisked away.
“Kwara state police command wishes to inform the public, that the victims have been rescued after an intensive and painstaking search and rescue operation by the Command’s Tactical teams, supported by Vigilante and hunters.
“The kidnappers were accosted in the bush while sharing the ransom collected from the family of the victims, they opened fire on the operatives immediately they were sighted by the kidnappers. During exchange of fire, two of the kidnappers that suffered gunshot injuries during the encounter were arrested and taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital where they were confirmed dead.
“Consequently, their corpses were deposited in the hospital mortuary for autopsy. Exhibit recovered from the kidnappers includes one Honda Accord Saloon car with Reg. Number LAGOS GJ 52 LSR, one single barrel gun and an unspecified amount of money.
“Effort is still being intensified to get other fleeing members of the gang arrested for prosection.
“Meanwhile, the rescued victims have reunited with their family after being certified medically stable”.