Ogun: Police goes after kidnappers in Ilaro forest

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Following a tip from the victim of a kidnap gang in Ogun, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) combed Ilaro forest on the night of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Report says one of the victims of the kidnap gang, Sanni Dan Nasarawa, had escaped after spending a week in the den of the kidnappers in the forest, then he reported his experience with the kidnappers to the police in Abeokuta.

The victim said he had escaped when the rope used to tie him up snapped in the middle of the night while his abductors were fast asleep.

In a statement, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) in Ogun, said one of the kidnappers was shot dead in the morning of Friday, February 2, 2018, when FSARS discovered their hideout.

Oyeyemi says the casualty was a member of a kidnapping syndicate that tormenting Ilaro and its environs.

In the statement, Oyeyemi said:

‘He was a member of kidnapping syndicate when in the early hour of Friday 2nd of February, he was shot dead by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad led by  Uba Adam.

The gang have earlier kidnapped one Sanni Dan Nasarawa, took him to a thick forest where they tied him down for seven days waiting for his people to pay them ransom. 

Luck however smiles on him when the rope they used to tie him got loose while his abductors were fast asleep. He subsequently escaped and ran to FSARS office in Abeokuta where he lodged complain.

Upon his report, the officer–in-charge FSARS quickly mobilized his men and followed the victim to the forest. The team combed the forest from6pm of 1st February up till about 4:00am of 2nd February before they came across the gang who engaged them in serious gun battle which lasted for almost an hour.

At the end of the encounter, one of the suspects was gunned down while others numbering about seven escaped with various degree of gunshot injuries.

The Police Spokesman in the state state appealed to the public, especially hospitals and traditional healers, to report anybody they see with gunshot injury in their vicinity.’

An AK47 rifle loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition was recovered from the hideout of the kidnappers by FSARS.

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