Abuja - Lagos police have allegedly killed a known gang leader during a gun duel that subsequently led to the rescue of a man that had previously been kidnapped, PUNCH reports.
The deceased, identified as John Paul, is alleged to have abducted hotel director Saheed Kolawole on January 30 and had been keeping him in an unfinished building ever since.
The kidnappers are alleged to have contacted the family of the victim and demanded a N200,000 ransom for his release. The family subsequently prepared the funds while also contacting the police.
During the drop-off of the ransom money, operatives from the Anti-Robbery Squad who were lying in ambush began a gun duel with the gang, following which the deceased was shot and later passed away in hospital.
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Kolawole is said to have been brutalised by the gang during his ideal. The criminals used cutlass on his body and poured petrol over him in a bid to coerce his relatives into handing over the ransom funds.
The implicated gang is also said to have attacked the Owutu Police Division in Ikorodu and killed two other policemen in a seperate gun duel.
Kayode Aderanti, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, confirmed the incident and has reported that investigations were ongoing in order to nab additional members of the gang.
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