No fewer than nine policemen were shot and over 20 militants killed during a gun battle between kidnappers and officers of the State Police Command at Ode Omi waterway in Ogun State.
The policemen attached to the Marine section of the Force were on a rescue mission of the abducted students of the Lagos State Model College Igbnonla, Epe.
This is just as the militants, who abducted the Lagos School students have demanded a whopping N400million ransom before they would release the students.
Three of the policemen were said to still be unconscious as at yesterday evening following the heavy gun battle between them and suspected militants in the riverine community in Ijebu area of Ogun State.
The nine policemen were yesterday evening still undergoing medical treatment at the Police Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.
It was gathered that a serious gun battle had ensued on Friday morning when suspected militants sighted some policeman around Ode Omi at Ogun Waterside area of the state.
A police source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “policemen from the Marine Police and others were on the trail of the kidnappers when the gun battle ensued.”
It was also gathered that the militants, who were over 50, engaged the policemen in the serious gun duel for over six hours on the waterways.
“Over 20 militants were killed but nine policemen were injured and three of them are still in coma now. They are being treated at the police hospital in Ikoyi.”