A suspected kidnapper got killed and another arrested, after they engaged operatives of the Lagos State Police in a gun battle after they got busted for kidnapping a policeman.
The kidnap suspects who belong to a kidnapping syndicate terrorising some parts of the state, particularly Ikorodu area, had a gun battle with officers of the Lagos State Police Command at Agbowa area of Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos State.
The Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Chike Oti who confirmed the death of the suspected kidnapper and the arrest of his colleague, disclosed that two other suspects escaped with bullet wounds. According to the Police PRO, the command who received two separate reports on November 13 and 16 from one Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi and one Veronica Ewuru about the kidnapping of their daughter and husband respectively, acted on the directive of the Command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, on Friday, at about 11am.
“While Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi reported that his seven-year-old daughter was kidnapped from his house in his presence.
“Veronica Ewuru stated that her husband, one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to Force Headquarters annex, Obalende, was kidnapped from their house in the night when the victim came out to check on their power generating set that suddenly stopped working.
“The kidnappers demanded for ransom of N25 million from Mr Suleiman and N10 million from the family of DSP Patrick Ewuru but later settled for N500, 000 from both families.
“At this point, the CP directed operatives handling the matter to play along with the kidnappers in the interest of the victims, who were still in captivity,” he said.
Chike Oti further disclosed that while the release of the two victims was secured, the kidnappers hideout at Agbowa was busted, where one Festus Abama was killed and Austin Ebimiyenwei surrendered.
Punch reported that the suspect confessed to the crime and concerted effort was being made to arrest those on the run. The suspect already in police custody would be charged to court.