Men of the Kwara State Police Command in partnership with vigilance members in the early hours of Wednesday have engaged some suspected kidnappers in a gun duel in the Shao area of Moro local government.
Two of the suspects sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots and were later confirmed dead at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).
The gun duel followed the abduction of one Afusat Lawal and her son Taofeek on Tuesday in the Shao area.
The Kwara State Police Command spokesperson Ajayi Okasanmi who confirmed the incident in a Statement said The State Police Command “wishes to inform the public, that the victims have been rescued after an intensive and painstaking search and rescue operation by the command’s tactical teams, supported by vigilante and hunters.
“The kidnappers were accosted in the bush while sharing the ransom collected from the family of the victims, they opened fire on the operatives immediately they were sighted by the kidnappers.
“During exchange of fire, two of the kidnappers that suffered gunshot injuries during the encounter were arrested and taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital where they were confirmed dead.
“Consequently, their corpses were deposited in the hospital mortuary for autopsy.
*Exhibit recovered from the kidnappers includes one Honda Accord Saloon car with Reg. Number LAGOS GJ 52 LSR, one single barrel gun and an unspecified amount of money.
“Effort is still being intensified to get other fleeing members of the gang arrested for prosecution.”
Okasanmi added that “the rescued victims have reunited with their family after medical examination.