Six suspected kidnappers at the weekend met their waterloo as they were shot dead during a gun duel between them and policemen along Igbanke-Evwohimi road, in Esan South-east Local Government Council of Edo State.
Displaying the bodies of the suspects before newsmen at the state police command, the Police Commissioner, Folunso Adebanjo, said the incident happened when operatives of the command went to the kidnappers den with four suspects following the kidnap of a woman who was kept in a forest around the Igbanke-Ewohinmi road.
“On getting to one of their hideouts, immediately our operatives disembarked with the suspects from the van, the kidnappers opened fire on our men. The police engaged the gang in a gun battle and two of the kidnappers were shot dead. Simultaneously, the other four suspects who took to their heels were fatally injured in the cross fire.
“One pump-action shotgun with four rounds of live cartridges was recovered from the assailants." Our men chased those who fled into the nearby bush with bullet wounds. We also embarked on a search around the scene and huge sum of foreign currencies and arms were recovered,” he stated.
The CP added that “the injured suspects during the shootout were rushed to Stella Obasanjo Hospital for treatment but were certified dead by the medical doctor in the emergency ward. Our men are still combing the bushes for those who escaped with bullet wounds.”
Some of the items recovered at the kidnappers den include a Mercedes Benz C-Class car with registration Number AGL 133 CX, eight thousand, two hundred dollars, twenty thousand Francs CFA, Five Dirham’s United Arab Emirate Currency, N8,500, twelve sim cards, four cut to size single barrel shotguns, seventy two live cartridges and one locally made Revolver.