Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, yesterday disclosed that his men foiled the abduction of a popular Pentecostal bishop and his wife at the Isheri Osun area. Owoseni made the revelation while addressing journalists at the state Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
According to Owoseni, the bishop and his wife were in a convoy when armed men, believed to be kidnappers, tried to intercept them. The gunmen shot sporadically, but they were repelled by the mobile police escort attached to the bishop. The gunmen were said to have stormed out from their operational Honda car and opened the door of the bishop’s car. They dragged him and his wife out, but were suddenly taken by surprise when the bishop’s police escorts returned fire-for-fire.
The gunmen were forced to abandon their victims under the hail of bullets. The police escorts also called for reinforcement from the Isheri Police Station. The gunmen were said to have abandoned their operational vehicle and jumped into the nearby swamp. Owoseni said that the incident happened about 4.30a.m. He said that the bishop and his wife were rescued unhurt, while the gunmen escaped with bullet wounds. He said: “What would have been a case of kidnapping was foiled as the bishop and his wife were rescued. We have since carried out raid on the area.”
In another development, a dreaded kidnapper, identified simply as Timi, known in the underworld as Big Fish, has been killed. Owoseni said that Timi was killed on Monday, along Ishawo area of the state by members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC). He said: “We got a distress call that armed robbers were operating at the area. We sent some policemen to the area. When our men got there, they discovered that OPC members in the area had confronted the kidnappers squarely. We found the remains of the kidnapper.
It was the killing of Big Fish that some of the residents saw and feared that kidnappers have returned to Ishawo.”
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