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A suspected kidnapper has been killed by a member of his gang during a shootout with the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun Corps.
It was gathered that the deceased, identified as Funmi Adenuoye, was mistakenly shot dead by his colleague, Kunle, while trying to escape from the men of the Amotekun Corps who were chasing them after a kidnap operation.
It was also learnt that the deceased and two of his gang members, Kunle and Tayo Ibrahim, had on Wednesday abducted a 58-year-old cement dealer, Alhaji Shakirudeen, in Ogun State.
A source said the three kidnappers drove their victim to Okitipupa, Ondo State, with the intention of using the state as their base for the negotiation of ransom.
However, the men of the Amotekun Corps struck and arrested Ibrahim while Kunle fled. The kidnappers were said to have been pursued by the Amotekun Corps.
The Amotekun Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, “Our credible intelligence network picked that some criminals are driving recklessly. At that point, we didn’t really know what was in the vehicle but their driving presupposed problems. So we laid an ambush for them and in Okitipupa area of Ondo State and apprehend them.
“They engaged our men in a shootout and we were able to eventually secure the release of the victim, Alhaji Shakirudeen. We also arrested Tayo Ibrahim, who negotiated with the victim for a ransom of N10m while on the road.”
The Amotekun boss also revealed that two other suspects who used to provide basic necessities for kidnap victims and kidnappers in the forest were arrested in Owo, Owo Local Government Area of the state.
Confessing to the alleged crime, the suspect, Ibrahim, said they that they had negotiated with the victim to pay a ransom of N2m before they were confronted by Amotekun.