The wanted leader of a militant group involved in kidnapping in Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos State have been killed by Nigerian soldiers in Ondo State.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told journalists on Monday in Lagos that the suspect was killed by soldiers at Ajakpa area of Ondo State.
Mr. Owoseni said he was killed at about 3.00 a.m. on Monday in the course of arresting all members of his gang and other criminals who had made life miserable for innocent citizens.
He said the gang members retreated to their base in Ajakpa because they could no longer lay claim to the creeks in Isawo area of Ikorodu.
“At about 3.00a.m. today, soldiers posted to dislodge the militants wreaking havoc in some parts of Lagos engaged the criminals in a shootout at Ajakpa, during which the suspected leader known as Ossy was killed.
“Efforts are ongoing to arrest the other gang members,” Owoseni said.
In a statement, Abubakar Abdullahi, Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, said Operation DELTA SAFE carried out the killing.
According to Mr. Abdullahi, the squad repelled an attack in Ajakpa Community in the creeks of Southern Ondo State on Sunday night.
“The leader was gunned down during the gun duel along with some of his gang members. His body was identified by some of the locals in the area.
“Search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing. The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle and four magazines,” he said.
The Ibori gang had been terrorising parts of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States.
Last month, the gang killed an army captain and two policemen in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The gang was also blamed for the abduction of students and staff of a secondary school, in Ikorodu area.
“The criminals, in addition, carried out several attacks at Ilaje Ese-Odo Community at Ajakpa, Safarogbo and Balowo areas,” Mr. Abdullahi said.
Mr. Abdullahi said the need to flush the criminals out from their hideout became necessary to ensure peace and security in Ondo State.
“Sadly, in the process, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while three others sustained gunshot wounds.
“They have since been moved to a military hospital for proper medical attention.
“While the operation is ongoing, let me appeal to law-abiding residents of the affected communities to remain calm, vigilant and to support our troops with valuable information on whereabouts of other criminals,’’ he said.