By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday gunned down two bandits and lost an officer in a fierce gun battle at Saala Orile forest, where the bandits were attacking some Fulani herders.
According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relation Officer, Ogun State Police Command Eleweran Abeokuta, the bandits were gunned down following a distress call received by policemen attached to Ayetoro division, that a group of bandits were attacking some Fulani herdsmen at Saala Orile forest.
“Upon the distress call, the DPO Ayetoro, Bernard Ediogboyan, quickly led his men and operatives of the Joint Security Intervention squad (JSIS) to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the bandits opened fire on them and the policemen replied fire for fire.
“At the end of the encounter which lasted for about 20 minutes, two amongst the bandits were shot dead while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.
“Regrettably, an inspector of police, Omolayo Olajide lost his life during the gun duel.
“Recovered from the bandits are; three locally made guns, sixteen live cartridges, assorted charms, one cutlass, one small phone. and one unregistered Bajaj motorcycle.
“Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, who expressed sadness over the death of the police officer while fighting the bandits had directed that, the escaped members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice.
“The CP also condole with the family of the late inspector and assured them that his death will not be in vain,” the PPRO said.