Police kill nine ‘kidnappers who target wealthy individuals’ in Lagos

Police kill nine ‘kidnappers who target wealthy individuals’ in Lagos

 The police command in Lagos says it has killed nine
suspected kidnappers who “target high net-worth residents” in the state.


Addressing a press conference in Ikeja on Friday, Benjamin
Hundeyin, spokesperson of the command, said the police killed the suspects
during a gun duel.


Hundeyin said the command received intelligence about the
kidnappers’ plans about two weeks ago.


“Our intelligence gathering assets yielded very credible and
actionable intelligence about a dangerous and very notorious gang of kidnappers
planning to kidnap some high net-worth individuals in Lagos,” he said.

“Upon receipt of this intelligence about two weeks ago, CP
Fayoade directed the Command’s tactical teams to commence work on it.


“They followed up closely, monitored dutifully and were able
to determine that the gang was going to strike yesterday in Ladipo area of
Lagos State.


“With the benefit of this information, we were able to
proactively prepare for them and more or less laid an ambush for them.

“The kidnappers who were caught unawares would not give up
easily as they engaged the police officers in a shoot-out. They of course bowed
to the superior fire power of the police.


“Nine of them were neutralized while two escaped with
gunshot injuries. Four AK-47 rifles, four locally-made semi automatic pistols,
nine AK47 magazines, three walkie-talkies, one POS machine and a loud speaker
were recovered from them.


“Also recovered are their two operational vehicles: one
black Toyota 4Runner and a blue Lexus RX350. Meanwhile, investigations are
ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.”


Hundeyin said the police have been on the trail of suspects
who have been kidnapping wealthy individuals in Isolo, Okota, Ejigbo and Ladipo
areas of Lagos.


 “This breakthrough is
in addition to several other breakthroughs we have made in recent times in
identifying and apprehending gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers while
planning their crimes,” he said.


“Many of these were not made public so as to protect the
identity of members of the public that made the information available.”


The spokesperson said the public should not hesitate to pass
information to the police.


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