Policemen in Osun State on Wednesday engaged unknown gunmen in a fierce gun battle at Osunjela, in Atakunsa West Local Government Area of the state
PointNews gathered that the gunmen had come to attack the police tactical team while talking some murder suspects to Ilesa Correctional Centre.
The conveyance vehicle according to the Police Public Relations, Mrs Yemisi Opalola said the incident occurred when the conveyance vehicle developed mechanical fault at Osunjela river along Osogbo/Ilesa Road.
Opalola further explained that the hoodlums numbering about four came on a Bajaj Motorcycle and attacked the Police team by firing sporadically in a bid to hijack suspects.
She also revealed that in the wee hours of today August 26, while combing the bush , for possible arrest of the fleeing suspects , recovered the dead body of one of the attackers in the bush with bullets wounds on his body.
While searching his body, Opalola said , 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
He said: “At about 1530hrs (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 (4) armed men emerged from Osunjela Road on a Bajaj Motorcycle and attacked the Police team by firing sporadically in a bid to hijack suspects.
“However, with the superior fire-power of the Police team, the hoodlums abandoned their Motorcycle, three(3) locally made guns; one (1) pump action, two(2) cut to size barrel guns with fourteen(14) live cartridges.
“In the process, three (3) 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, 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, CP Olawale Olokode, psc enjoined members of the public, especially people of Osunjela area to avail the Command with information about any person(s) with suspected bullet wound.