Photo: Police Shoots Kidnapper Dead While Trying To Pick N3m Ransom

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A suspected kidnapper, Niyi
Omosola, has been shot dead by the police in the Epe area of Lagos. Omosola was
shot dead during a rescue operation by the police to free a victim, identified
simply as Kudirat.
It was gathered that
Omosola, while collecting the ransom, sighted the police and decided to escape
on a motorcycle when the operatives fired him. Omosola, who hailed from Ondo
State, allegedly led a gang which kidnapped the woman in the Elemoro, Ajah
area.

Sixty-two-year-old Kudirat
was reportedly abducted by the gang on Thursday, April 16, at about 7pm.
Punch correspondent learnt
that Kudirat, a businesswoman, was inspecting the construction work at a petrol
station she owned in the area when the kidnappers swooped on her and took her
away.
It was gathered that the
gang later contacted the family and demanded a ransom of N50m. However, after
negotiation, our correspondent learnt that the the gang and the family agreed
to a ransom of N3m.
Punch Metro learnt on
Wednesday that Kudirat’s brother, who had been communicating with the gang,
took the ransom to an agreed hideout in the Epe area.
However, a team of
operatives led by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Commander, Abba Kyari, was
said to have trailed Kudirat’s brother to the hideout.
A police source said
Omosola, while collecting the ransom, initially opened fire when he sighted the
police.
He added that when the
kingpin saw that he was outnumbered, he tried to escape on a motorcycle,
leaving the policemen with no choice than to fire him.
“He got on a motorcycle and
was riding off when he was gunned down. He did not die immediately.”
Omosola, who was 
]injured,
led the SARS operatives to a bush between Epe and Ijebu Ode, where the woman
was held.
When the police arrived at
the hideout, his gang members had reportedly fled the place.

It was gathered that Kudirat
was rescued alive by the police, while Omosola eventually died from the gunshot
injuries.

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