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One Killed, As Police Arrest Kidnapper Of DSP, 7-Yr Old Girl.

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A suspected kidnapper has lost his live in a gun duel with police operatives and another arrested as the police smashed a notorious kidnapping syndicate that kidnapped a senior police officer and a seven year old girl in Lagos.

Two others were said to have escaped with gun shot injuries during the exchange of fire which occurred on 23/11/2018 at about 1100am at Agbowa in Ikorodu area of the state.

A report obtained by our correspondent identified the arrested suspect as Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei, 27, a native of Arogbo Azapa community of Ese-Odo LGA, Ondo state and the deceased as Festus Abama.

According to police source, the gang was smashed by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command who acted on the directive  of the Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi.

The gang was alleged to have kidnapped the  7yr old daughter of one Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi from his house in his presence on 13th November  and one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to Force Headquarters annex, Obalende on 16th November 2018 from his house in the night when the victim came out to check on the power generating set that suddenly stopped working.

The command’s public relations officer CSP Chike Oti confirmed the report in a release made available to journalists on Sunday.

It reads, ” The Anti-kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, acting on the directive of the Command’s  Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, on 23/11/2018 at about 1100hrs, smashed Kidnappers syndicate at Agbowa, Ikorodu, leading to the arrest of one Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei, 27, a native of Arogbo Azapa community of Ese-Odo LGA, Ondo state and recovery of corpse of one Festus Abama who died during exchange of fire while two escaped with bullet wounds.

The Command had earlier on 13/11/2018 and 16/11/2018 received two separate reports from one Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi and one Veronica Ewuru ‘f ‘ about the kidnapping of their daughter and husband respectively.

While Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi reported that his 7-year-old daughter was kidnapped from his house in his presence, Veronica Ewuru stated that her husband, one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to Force Headquarters annex, Obalende, was kidnapped from their house in the night when the victim came out to check on the Power Generating Set that suddenly stopped working.

The kidnappers demanded for ransom of twenty five million Naira (N25,000,000) from Mr Suleiman and ten million Naira (N10,000,000 ) from the family of DSP Patrick Ewuru but later settled for five hundred thousand Naira  (N500,000) for both families.

At this point, the CP directed operatives handling the matter to play along with the Kidnappers in the interest of the victims who were still in captivity.

As soon as the release of the two victims was secured,the Kidnappers hideout at Agbowa was busted and the aforementioned Kidnapper was killed in the ensuing gun battle while Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei surrendered.

The suspect confessed to the crime and victims have identified both the deceased and Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei as those who kidnapped them. Concerted effort is being made to arrest those on the run while the suspect already in police custody will be charged to court.

It is the hope of CP Lagos that, criminals will take a look at the crime busting record of the Command and see the futility of plying their trade in the state*.
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