Ogun State police have shot dead two bandits during a gun battle, During the crossfire, two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the bandits.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesman of the Command, told newsmen on Saturday that the incident occurred at Bere forest along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
According to him, the operatives went on a combing operation in the forest following a tip-off about arm bearing bandits
When the policemen spotted the hoodlums, they opened fire on them, which led to a gun battle.
According to Oyeyemi, the operatives led by the DPO of the Owode Egba division, Olusola Oniyiku, killed one of the hoodlums during the gun battle and found another dead.
“At the end of the encounter, one of the bandits was shot dead on the spot, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds,” he said.
While searching the forest further, one of the bandits with bullet wounds was arrested in the bush a few minutes later, but died shortly thereafter.
“Two Ak 47 riffles with breech numbers 1983NF1040 and 1987-3-CA-1212 were found with five rounds of ammunition. Having recovered four Ak47 riffles within two weeks, the command now has four riffles recovered over the past two months. Tramadol sachets and assorted charms were also recovered from them,” Oyeyemi said.
Edward Awolowo Ajogun, the police commissioner, has ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining gang members, a police spokesman said.
Furthermore, the CP was quoted to have appealed to the public, especially hospitals, not to hesitate in notifying the police if they observe anyone with gunshot injuries.