Police Shoot Suspected Kidnapper In Ogun, Rescue Victims

A file photo of a police van.


The police in Ogun State have shot dead a suspected kidnapper in the Sagamu area of the state.

Operatives of the State Police Command also rescued two persons said to have been held hostage along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode road.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi explained that the incident happened when the Divisional Police Officer of Sagamu Station, Okiki Agunbiade, was on routine patrol with his men and sighted a Sienna bus with registration number MUS 86 FN.

The police spokesman noted that the suspicious look of the occupants attracted the attention of the policemen who quickly stopped the vehicle.

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“Instead of the driver to stop, he sped off towards Ijebu-Ode road consequent upon which the DPO ordered his men to chase them. Having realized that they are being pursued, the men in the car started firing at the policemen while on the move and the policemen fired back.

“They later jumped down, abandoned the car and ran into the bush while the policemen chased them into the bush and shot one of them dead while others escaped with gunshot injuries,” the statement partly read.

Following the development, the police personnel brought out the two victims unhurt.

The kidnap victims comprise a youth corps member, Okoroji Agnes attached to Federal Girls College Sagamu and one Tawa Sosanwo.

Recovered from the kidnappers’ vehicle are one black toy gun, one gold wristwatch, One Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, one cutlass, and one black wristwatch.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, vowed to track down the fleeing members of the gang.

While assuring the residents of the state that the police will arrest them within the shortest possible time, the Commissioner appealed to members of the public especially hospitals to report anyone seen with gunshots injury.

We Have What It Takes To Deal Decisively With ‘One Million Boys’ – Police

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The police have called on the residents of Ogun State not to panic following the report of pockets of violence reported in parts of the state amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, made the call in a statement on Friday, in reaction to a letter by a group of young boys who threatened to attack communities in the state.

He explained that the police reaction was not to dignify the letter by the ‘One Million Boys’ group which he described as faceless, but to allay the fear of the residents.

“The command is not perturbed by the mischievous letter because we have what it takes to deal decisively with any criminal gang who may want to infiltrate the state under any guise or nomenclature,” said the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command.

He noted that since the commencement of the lockdown ordered by the Federal Government, the command was aware that some hoodlums might want to take advantage of the situation to perpetrate one crime or the other.

According to the command’s spokesman, this informed the decision of the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, to take proactive steps to forestall such an incident.

He disclosed that Ebrimson activated all the command’s tactical squads such as SARS, anti-kidnapping unit, anti-cultists unit, PMF, as well as other conventional policemen.

Oyeyemi stated that the teams have been put on red alert with the mandate to deal ruthlessly with anyone or group with the intent to make life difficult for the residents.

“The command, therefore, wishes to assure the good people of the Gateway State not to panic or be unnecessarily apprehensive as the Command will not allow any hoodlums to fester or hibernate in the state,” he said.

The command spokesman also warned those who sponsor fake news to cause fear in the minds of the people to desist, stressing that the command would start tracing the source of such reports.

The statement read further:

Also, the Commissioner of Police is using this medium to send a note of warning to those who have formed the habit of taking laws into their hands by embarking on jungle justice to deal with suspected criminals, adding that  anybody caught in such act will be seriously dealt with.

A case study at hand is that of four innocent young men that were mistaken for armed robbers who were arrested, beaten, and tied both hands and leg by members of the public at the Oke Ata area of Abeokuta on Thursday 23rd of April 2020.

Save for the quick intervention of policemen attached to the state task force, the four young men would have been beaten to death.

The commissioner of police has ordered a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the inhuman treatment meted on these young men with a view to bringing those involved to justice.

The outcome of the investigation, the Commissioner assured will be made known to members of the public.

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The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the shooting and killing of an unidentified young man in the Iyana-Coker area of Ifo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said that the commissioner of police, Bashir Makama has ordered an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Oyeyemi also revealed that the officer belongs to the zonal intervention squad of Zone 2 Police Command and the team had gone to arrest some armed robbery suspects when they were attacked.

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According to an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television, the officers opened fire at a bus stop in the area along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, killing the man, and several other people were injured while scampering to safety.

The incident which happened on Sunday resulted in a breakdown of law and order as aggrieved persons blocked the expressway with burnt tyres which disrupted the flow of vehicular movement on both sides of the road.

The shooting is happening barely a week after a young woman was shot dead by policemen while returning from a nightclub in Lagos, and barely three weeks after the fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson, also in Lagos.

Ogun Police Arrest Suspected Serial Burgler

Ogun Police Arrest Suspected Serial BuglerThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded a 40-year-old man suspected to be a serial burgler responsible for many robbery operations in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Items found in his care include many television sets, generators, mobile phones and other items suspected to have been stolen.

Parading the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested after a tip off from members of the community.

While assuring members of the general public of the resolve of the command to protect life and property of residents, the Police PRO solicited more collaboration in the area of intelligence gathering to ensure effective policing

“This man identified as Tosin Adeleye has been a resident of this area for quite a long period of time.

“He is believed to be a destitute going about begging for alms but the Police believed that he was not actually a destitute but having an ulterior motive. That is why surveillance was mounted around him.

“We have been trying to investigate him for quite a period of time now and based on our intelligence gathering we moved into where he was living and on getting there, we conducted a search and what we recovered are those things you are looking at.

“That is to tell you that this man is not actually a destitute. Somebody who is believed to be a beggar is in possession of about 20 TV sets, 11 handsets, generators, roofing sheets.

“How he came about these things is why we are going deep into the investigation to find out what actually is his motive and occupation.

“He has never been a radio repairer and if he is one, is he also a generator repairer? Far from it.

“This is one of those people who pretend to be somebody in the daylight and something else in the night,” he concluded.

Police Announce New ‘Okada’ Restriction In Ogun

Police Announce New 'Okada' Restriction In OgunThe Ogun State Police Command has announced a restriction order from 8PM to 5AM for commercial motorcycle operators popularly called okada.

This is in view of the approaching yuletide and a likely upsurge in criminal activities during the festive period.

According to a statement issued by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, no okada operator is permitted to convey more than one passenger during operation all over the state.

The Command warned that “anyone who violates this order will be arrested, his motorcycle impounded and subsequently charged to court accordingly’.’

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has also appealed to the general public for understanding and co-operation and also assured residents of the state of adequate security of life and properties before, during and after the yuletide.

Gunmen Kill, Abduct German Nationals In Shagamu

TerroristsOne German national has been killed and another kidnapped after unknown gunmen opened fire on two vehicles taking them to work in Shagamu in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

The attack that happened on Friday morning, construction firm Julius Berger said.

“About four armed men emerged from the bush near Sagamu (in Ogun State) on Friday morning and attacked,” police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi told AFP.

“A bullet hit one German and he was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital, while the hoodlums abducted another German.”

A Julius Berger spokeswoman in Nigeria reportedly disclosed that the two Germans were travelling in two separate vehicles, without their security escort.

She said that the man who died was a subcontractor, while the hostage was one of its staff

The group were moving “in separate vehicles without their escorts, to their place of work”, a quarry in Ogun state, a statement from the company added.

The attack occurred just as the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited the Nigerian capital Abuja

Germany’s ministry said Steinmeier was “aware of the matter”.

The police are investigating the incident.





Four Killed In NDLEA Gun Duel With Suspected Drug Dealers

NDLEAFour persons including three operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been confirmed deed in Ogun state, south west Nigeria in a clash with suspected drug dealers at Owode in Yewa South Local Government area of the state.

The incident occurred during a shoot-out that ensued when the NDLEA operatives attempted to arrest some suspected drug dealers.

Confirming the incident, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said three NDLEA operatives and one suspected drug dealer were killed during the gun duel.

The State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Bala Fagge has however described the incident as unfortunate.