One police officer, two bandits killed in gun duel inside Ogun forest

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Operatives of Ogun state police command on Tuesday 24th of January 2022 gunned down two bandits in a fierce gun battle at Saala Orile forest where the bandits were attacking some Fulani herders.

In a statement issued by the PPRO of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the bandits were gunned down following a distress call received by policemen attached to Ayetoro division, that a group of bandits were attacking some Fulani herdsmen at Isaala Orile forest.

Upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer of Ayetoro, CSP Bernard Ediogboyan, quickly led his men and operatives of the Joint security Intervention squad (JSIS) to the scene.

“On sighting the policemen, the bandits opened fire on them and the policemen replied fire for fire.

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“At the end of the encounter which lasted for about twenty minutes, two of the bandits were shot dead while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries. “Regrettably, an inspector of police, by name Omolayo Olajide lost his life during the gun duel.

Recovered from the bandits are; three locally made guns, sixteen live cartridges, assorted criminal charms, one cutlass, one small phone and one unregistered Bajaj motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, who expressed sadness over the death of the police officer while fighting the bandits had directed that the escaped members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice. The CP also condoled with the family of the late inspector and assured them that his death will not be in vain.