Nine Po­lice­men Shot, 20 Mil­i­tants Killed in La­gos

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

There are strong in­di­ca­tions that about nine po­lice­men were shot, while over 20 sus­pected mem­bers of the Niger Delta mil­i­tants were killed yes­ter­day in a gun duel be­tween them at Ode Omi wa­ter­way in Ogun State.

It was gath­ered that the po­lice­men are at­tached to the Marine sec­tion of the force.

It was also gath­ered that the po­lice­men were on a search and res­cue mis­sion to free six ab­ducted stu­dents of the La­gos State Model Col­lege Ignonla Epe.

It also learnt that the ab­duc­tors are now de­mand­ing for N400 mil­lion as ran­som for the vic­tims.

Gun­men had on Thurs­day morn­ing stormed the La­gos State Model Col­lege, Ig­bonla, Epe and ab­ducted six stu­dents.

A source said that three of the po­lice­men who were shot are still un­con­scious as at Satur­day evening.

They were said to have en­gaged the hood­lums in a heavy gun bat­tle in the river­rine com­mu­nity in Ojebu area of Ogun State.

The nine po­lice­men were as at Satur­day evening still un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment at the po­lice hospi­tal in Ikoyi area of La­gos State, it was gath­ered.

A se­ri­ous gun bat­tle had en­sued when sus­pected mil­i­tants sighted some po­lice­man around the area, it was gath­ered.

A po­lice source, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said, “po­lice­men from the Marine Po­lice and oth­ers were on the trail of the kid­nap­pers when the gun bat­tle en­sued”.

It was gath­ered that the mil­i­tants, who were over 50, en­gaged the po­lice­men in a se­ri­ous duel, which lasted over six hours on the waterways.

Daily Trust on Sun­day learnt that the ab­duc­tors have com­menced ne­go­ti­a­tions with par­ents of the ab­ducted stu­dents.

A par­ent in the school con­firmed that the ab­duc­tors have con­tacted the par­ents.

“We heard that the ab­duc­tors called one of the par­ents, de­mand­ing N400mil­lion be­fore they would re­lease the stu­dents,” he said.

An­other source said the po­lice would li­aise with the Navy on mop up op­er­a­tion.

“You are ask­ing of the dead bod­ies of the mil­i­tants, it was like a war sit­u­a­tion. We can’t just be­gin to pick dead bod­ies in the creek, there will be a mop up, but we must be ac­com­pa­nied by the Navy,” he said.

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