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Policeman killed, another injured as suspected terrorists strike on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Oyo State Police Command has said one of its men was shot dead while another one was injured during the abduction at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday.

It was earlier reported that some suspected terrorists attacked travellers on the ever-busy expressway, allegedly abducting motorists and passengers in the process.

But the police command, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Adewale Osifeso, on Saturday, said the DPO attached to the Toll Gate Ibadan led policemen to the area when they started hearing gunshots at the scene of the crime.

The statement was silent on whether some persons were abducted or not but the Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), had earlier revealed that the kidnap attempt was foiled by some security agents.

The police statement read, “On Friday 28/10/2022 at about 1835HRS, operatives of the command attached to Toll-Gate Division received information about sporadic gunshots heard along the Dominion University end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“In a swift response to the above, the Divisional Police Officer led a team comprising; Anti-crime patrol operatives, tactical teams, Police Mobile men and local hunters for immediate rescue and further intervention.

“During the process of prevailing and preventing further chaos from what was evidently an abduction scenario, an officer attached to the command paid the supreme price with one other badly injured and presently responding to treatment.

“So far, expended ammunition shells and (4) four abandoned vehicles were retrieved at the scene.

“Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adebowale Williams, has ordered full-scale scientific and technological aided Investigations to unravel the events that led to the incident with the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department leading the Charge.

“In the same vein, caregivers, traditional healers and residents within and outside the area of the shooting incident are advised to be on the lookout for gunshot victims and immediately report any strange occurrence to the police for prompt action.

“Updates would be provided accordingly as the investigation unfolds.”

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