Ogun: Police gun down two bandits, lost an operative in gun duel

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday 24th of January 2022 gunned down two bandits in a fierce gun battle at Saala Orile forest, where they were allegedly attacking some Fulani herders.

The bandits were gunned down following a distress call received by policemen attached to Ayetoro division, that a group of bandits were attacking some Fulani herdsmen at Isaala Orile forest.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi who made this known said upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer for Ayetoro Police Division, Bernard Ediogboyan, quickly led his men and operatives of Joint security Intervention squad (JSIS) to the scene.

Oyeyemi said on sighting the Policemen, the bandits opened fire on them and the policemen replied fire for fire.

He added that at the end of the encounter which lasted for about twenty minutes, two of the bandits were shot dead while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

According to him “regrettably, an Inspector of Police, Omolayo Olajide lost his life during the gun duel”.

The Spokesman said items recovered from the bandits include; three locally made guns, sixteen live cartridges, criminal charms, one cutlass, one small phone and one unregistered Bajaj motorcycle.

Oyeyemi noted that the State Commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, who expressed sadness over the death of the Police officer while fighting the bandits had directed that, the escaped members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice.

He added that the Commissioner also condole with the family of the late Inspector and assured them that his death will not be in vain.

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