Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad have shot and killed an alleged kidnap gang leader, John Paul,31, during an exchange of gun battle in Lagos state.
The force also rescued a victim, Saheed Kolawole, said to be the director of Scot Hotel in Odonla who was abducted around 10pm on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Ikorodu area of the state.
The kidnappers took Kolawole to an unknown destination after which they called his family on phone and demanded a ransom of $200,000.
According to Punch, while the family reported the matter to the police, they also made arrangements to pay the ransom. The gang reportedly told the relatives to come to a place in the Owutu, Ikorodu area.
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the unsuspecting kidnappers went to collect the ransom on a bike when the police who had been on ambush opened fire on them.
They returned fire and during the encounter, the gang leader reportedly sustained bullet wounds while other members fled the scene.
The leader of the group was rushed to the hospital where he died the next day.
The police traced and discovered their hideout where they allegedly rescued their captive who according to a police source was brutalised by the gang who cut his body with cutlasses.
According to the source, the same gang had attacked the Owutu Police Division in Ikorodu, and killed two policemen during another gun duel.
He said, “The kidnappers took him (Kolawole) to an uncompleted building in the Owutu area from where they were communicating with his family.
“They stripped him naked, and used cutlass on his body. They poured petrol on his skin and threatened to burn it so that his family would hear his scream on the phone and agree to pay the ransom.
“It was the same gang which attacked the Owutu Police Station and shot dead two policemen. They are known to have multiple hideouts in the area. The police have shot dead their gang leader and the others had fled for now.”
A Toyota Corolla car marked, APP 626 CP, was recovered by the police.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, said, “When I got the information, I directed the Operation Commander, SARS, SP Abba Kyari, to go after the gang.
“The SARS decoy team was able to gun down the kidnap gang leader and rescue the victim alive. The operational vehicle of the gang was also recovered while further investigations are ongoing to apprehend other fleeing gang members.”