A kidnap suspect, Funmi Adenuoye, has been killed when the men of the Amotekun Corps pursued his gang to rescue a victim, in Ondo State.
The suspect was reportedly shot dead in an exchange of gunshots between his 3-man gang and the Amotekun Corps.
It was gathered that a member of the gang identified as Kunle in error shot and killed his colleague as they were being pursued by the operatives of the Amotekun Corps.
The victim, a 58-year old cement dealer, Shakirudeen, was reportedly abducted on Wednesday in his home at Waterside area of Ogun State.
The suspect, alongside his accomplice, Tayo Ibrahim was apprehended by the Amotekun operatives.
But when his abductors were driving the victim’s car recklessly after he had been successfully seized and being taken out of the state, the operatives of the Amotekun Corps became suspicious of the occupants of the vehicle and pursued them till they were apprehended.
The kidnappers were intercepted at the Okitipupa axis of the state where they were planning to coordinate their negotiation for ransom.
One of the suspected kidnappers, Yinka Ibrahim (38), who was arrested after the gun duel, confessed that they had negotiated with the victim to pay a N2 million ransom before they were confronted by the Amoteku Corps.
According to him: “It was when we were going that Funmi asked the man whether he has N10m and the man said he doesn’t have such amount. But he later told the man to tell his people to bring N2m for his release. Kunle was the one handling the gun used for the operation.”
Narrating his. ordeal, the victim said: “They told me to call my family to get the money ready and the money was raised. They said the money should be taken to a place between J4 and Ajibandele in Ondo State. But Amotekun had rescued me before they could collect the ransom.
“I thank God for my life and the timely intervention of the Amotekun men, My abuctors had negotiated with for ransom while on motion. I was blindfolded and made to lie down in my Toyota Highlander which they used to kidnap me.”
Also, the Amotekun Corps Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said that their intelligence network had aided their operation.
He said: “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 presupposes that they were problems. So we laid manhunt for them and in the Okitipupa area of Ondo State, we were able to apprehend the gang.
“They injured one of our operatives but he is now recuperating in the hospital and they lost one of their member in the shoot out.”