Crime

Nine Neutralised as Lagos Police Busts Kidnappers in Ladipo, Seizes Vehicles, AK-47 Rifles, Others

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday raided and disrupted the plans of kidnappers who were on the verge of kidnapping some individuals in Ladipo area of the state.

Lagos Police disclosed that nine (9) of the kidnappers were neutralised as well as the seizures of four (4) AK-47 Rifles, Point of Sale (POS) machine, vehicles among other things.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Lagos Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin made this known in a statement following a press briefing at the Command headquarters in Ikeja on Friday.

The statement reads in part: “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.

“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 semiautomatic 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 noted that the Command had been on the trail of the gang for the past eight (8) months upon their numerous kidnapping of wealthy individuals in Isolo, Okota, Ejigbo and Ladipo areas of Lagos State.

“We are proud to declare that their reign of terror has effectively come to an end,” he added.

The statement also revealed that the breakthrough is in addition to several other breakthroughs the Lagos State Police Command have made in recent times in identifying and apprehending gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers while planning their crimes.

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

The Lagos Police Spokesperson encouraged the residents, including medical practitioners to be on the lookout for anyone with gunshot injuries and promptly inform the nearest police station or call any of its emergency numbers if they come across any.

He further said: “We also use this medium to call on other well meaning Lagosians not to hesitate in giving us information when they suspect anything amiss around them to enable us act appropriately and swiftly. On our part, we promise to continue to prioritize their safety and security.”

 

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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