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2 kidnappers die, one hospitalised in shootout with police

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By Evelyn Usman & Esther Onyegbula

LAGOS—Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos State Police Command, weekend, engaged some suspected kidnappers in a gun battle at Ogijo area of Ikorodu, killing two.

Report had it that a suspected member of the kidnap syndicate was apprehended close to the creeks at Elepete, a community in Ogijo, following a tip-off. The suspect, identified as Victor Worimegbe, was said to have led the policemen to a hotel where other members of his gang were.

However, on sighting the policemen, a member of the gang in the hotel was said to have opened fire in a bid to escape, thereby leading to a gun battle, resulting in the killing of two suspected kidnappers, while one of them sustained bullet injuries.

As at 6p.m. yesterday, most apartments in the community were still under lock and key as their occupants were yet to return home for fear of a possible attack by other members of the gang on the police informant.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Superintendent Dolapo Badmus, said: “Our men received information that some suspected kidnappers had entered the community.

“SARS operatives were deployed to the place and they succeeded in arresting one Victor Worimegbe, who took the officers to Topkatt Hotel, where other gang members were lodging.

“Other suspects, Ekpokime, Abule and Ebimobese, tried to escape by firing at our policemen and the operatives responded.
“Ekpokime and Abule died, while Ebimobese is still being treated in the hospital.”

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