One of the ring leaders behind the killing of an army officer and some policemen in Ikorodu has has been shot dead by policemen.
The suspect, Endurance Ominisan aka Mighty, a native of Arogbo in Ondo state, was arrested during an operation by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP’s) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on Sunday, April on April 16.
The militant however died on Tuesday morning, April 18, at a hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained during a gun fight with the police, The Nation reports.
It was learnt that the operatives of the IGP’s IRT trailed the kingpin to his lover’s home at 20, Joel Adebolu street, Ibeshe in Ikorodu.
Their offensive on the gang was sequel to a directive from IGP Ibrahim Idris to all police units and commands in Lagos and Ogun to get the culprits dead or alive.
Some items recovered from the suspect include, a Turkish made Fatih 13 pistol marked 12TF00126 with four expended and five live ammunition.
A source with knowledge of his arrest disclosed that, Mighty, who rented the accommodation for his lover, left the creek to hide there, after he learnt about a planned attack on the creek by security forces at the weekend.
The source said: “While other policemen were in the creek waiting for signal to carry on with the operation, IRT got information that the masterminds were fleeing the creek and one of them was at his girlfriend’s place at Ibeshe. He was followed and the house surrounded.
“Mighty escaped to the roof of the house from where he fired several shots with his pistol on the IRT teams. The team responded swiftly and fatally wounded him in his hiding place on the roof. He was eventually brought down from the roof and rushed to General Hospital Ikorodu where he later died.
“But before his death, he mentioned one America, Stone, Vika and others as his gang members, who participated in the killing of the four policemen and soldiers.
“The kingpin confessed to have masterminded the kidnaps of Iba Monarch, Turkish School Girls and many others within the zone.”
Recall that the militants who kidnapped some persons at the Woodland Estate close to Ishawo Creeks engaged security personnel in a gun duel and killed 4 police men and an army captain in the process.
The security officers were killed on Sunday, April 9, while trying to rescue persons abducted by the unidentified gunmen following a distress call that some armed men had entered the wutu-Isawo in Ikorodu through the thick swampy forest surrounding the area.
The commissioner of police in Lagos state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, had disclosed that police and the army immediately mobilised personnel to the area, where the kidnapped victims were rescued.
AIT News learnt that, after the men had freed the victims, they ran into an ambush staged by the militants, leading to the death of four policemen and the army captain.
The commissioner had said the command was working with sister security agencies to arrest the suspected militants that killed security men.