A Corps member, Agnes Okoroji, who is serving with the Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu, and one Tawa Sosanwo, were on Wednesday rescued from the hands of kidnappers by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer , Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday, said one of the suspected kidnappers was shot dead, while the others escaped through a nearby bush on the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode road.
Oyeyemi said the two victims were abducted by the kidnappers at various locations and were being taken to an unknown destination before police intercepted them on the road.
He explained that a gun duel ensued between the kidnappers and the policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer for Sagamu, SP Okiki Agunbiade.
Oyeyemi said the incident happened when the policemen were on routine patrol and sighted a Toyota Sienna with number plate MUS 86 FN.
The force spokesperson stated that the police team observed that some passengers in the vehicle appeared suspicious and this prompted them to flag down the vehicle.
According to him, instead of the driver to stop, he sped off in the direction of the Ijebu-Ode road and the DPO ordered his men to chase after them.
He said: “Having realised that they were being pursued, the men in the car started firing at the policemen while on the move, and the policemen fired back.
“The police team rescued a youth corps member identified as Agnes Okoroji, attached to the Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu, and one Tawa Sosanwo.
“The suspects later jumped down, abandoned the car and ran into the bush, while the policemen chased after them and shot one of them dead, while the others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“The two victims narrated how they were kidnapped at various locations by the hoodlums, who were taking them to an unknown destination before the police intercepted them on the road.
“Their operational car was recovered with the following items: One black toy gun, one gold wristwatch, one Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, one cutlass and one black wristwatch.”
The PPRO stated that the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, was full of praise for the gallantry displayed by his men.
He said Ebrimson appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals, to inform the police if anyone was seen with gunshot injuries in their areas.
“The CP also assured members of the public that the fleeing members of the gang will be hunted and arrested within the shortest possible time,” Oyeyemi added.