Woman shot dead as police engage kidnappers of PDP Chairman in gun battle

A woman, identified as Bilikisu Kazeem, has died from bullet wound sustained during a gun battle between the Nigerian police and some kidnappers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The police spokesman in Ogun State, Omolola Odutola, disclosed this on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Odutola said as a result of the engagement, nine out of ten persons abducted were rescued from the suspected kidnappers on the highway.

Suspected kidnappers had on Friday abducted travellers on the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, including the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos state, Philip Aivoji.

According to Odutola, officers’ intervention had, however, aided the release of nine out of ten victims while only the PDP chairman remained in captivity.

Speaking on casualties recorded, Odutola said, “A White Mazda Bus registered as LSR 288 XE was slightly damaged, while Eunice Afolake Osalusi “f”, Erinfolami Samuel “m”, Obafemi Da Altantra “m” and Adeyinka Mathew sustained non-life threatening bullet injuries in their escape attempts, they are recuperating and stable in hospital.

“Sadly, one Bilikisu Kazeem “f” aged 37years, gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital. Her remains was immediately collected by her relatives who were conveying her to the hospital, declining any autopsy examination from the police.”

The Police Spokesman listed exhibits recovered from the scene to include “one AK47 Magazine containing 28 live ammunition believed to belong to the hoodlums, handsets, car key, were handed over to respective owners.”

SaharaReporters had reported that Aivoji was reportedly abducted on Thursday along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway at around 6pm.

The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hakeem Amode, who confirmed Aivoji’s abduction had called on security agencies and government authorities at all levels to intervene promptly and secure his release.

Amode stated that Aivoji was returning from a stakeholders’ meeting in Oyo State convened by Governor Seyi Makinde and Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.