By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the death of three murder suspects.
According to the state police command they were shot dead on their way to Ilesa Correctional Centre on Wednesday during a gun battle between policemen and hoodlums at Osunjela River along Osogbo/Ilesa Road.
The Police revealed that in the wee hours of Thursday, while combing the bush, for possible arrest of the fleeing suspects, the corpse of one of the attackers was recovered with bullets wounds on his body,
The Police said: “While searching his body, two live cartridges and a paper with incantation written in Yoruba language with the names of the perpetrators were found in his pocket.
“His corpse has been evacuated and deposited in the morgue.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo also disclosed that some four armed hoodlums waylaid the police patrol team conveying the murder suspects by firing sporadically in order to rescue the suspects.
Opalola said the three murder suspects sustained severe degree of injuries during the attack and later died at Asubiaro hospital in Osogbo.
She said: “At about 3:30pm, an Osun Police tactical team while taking some murder suspects to Ilesa correctional centre, after Osunjela River along Osogbo/Ilesa Road, the conveyance vehicle developed mechanical fault.
“As the nearby mechanics were working on the vehicle, four armed men emerged from Osunjela Road on a Bajaj motorcycle and attacked the Police team by firing sporadically in a bid to the hijack suspects.
“However, with the superior fire-power of the Police team, the hoodlums abandoned their motorcycle, three locally made guns; one pump action, two cut to size barrel guns with fourteen live cartridges.
“In the process, three murder suspects sustained several degrees of injuries and later died at Asubiaro hospital in Osogbo and deposited in the same hospital morgue. The hoodlums fled into the bush with bullet wounds.”
Meanwhile, Opalola said the police in collaboration with the local security outfits and the youths of the community are combing the bush for possible arrest of the fleeing suspects.
The commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, therefore enjoined members of the public, especially people of Osunjela area to avail the Command with information about any person(s) with suspected bullet wound.