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3 Killed As Gunmen Abduct Swiss National, Driver In Ogun

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Kidnappers have killed one person and abducted a Swiss expatriate, identified as Andred Beita along Ibese-Itori road in Ogun State.

Two of the kidnappers were also gunned down during an exchange of gunfire between the abductors and the policemen.

Sources told our correspondent that the kidnappers, after exchanging fire with the police escort attached to a farm in the area, succeeded in capturing the Swiss and his driver.

It was further gathered that the incident occurred around 5 pm on Saturday.

A source said the personnel attached to the Chairman of Olabel Farms, Ola Bello, led by one Inspector Hassan Kumode, ran into an ambush while escorting the man from Ilaro.

They were reportedly ambushed by the kidnappers between Itori and Ibese road from Ilaro.

“On sighting the policemen attached to the man, the gunmen opened fire on them, and in the ensuing shootout, a Swiss expatriate attached to the farm, Andred Beita, and his driver, who was simply identified as Ifeanyi, were abducted by the kidnappers.

“Two staff of the company, Ishaya Ibrahim and Michael Kujore, sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospitals,” the source said.

The source added that Michael Kujore was confirmed dead at the hospital.

However, Ishaya Ibrahim was said to be responding to treatment.

The Spokesman for the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi yesterday confirmed the incident.

Oyeyemi said the “brave police officers” killed two of the kidnappers and recovered one AK- 47 loaded with nine ammunition.

He said the police command was on the trail of the kidnappers to ensure the victims are rescued unhurt

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