Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, on Wednesday shot dead two people and also abducted two others at a farm in Awo Village in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
One of those killed was an Area commander of Ogun State security outfit, So-Safe Corps, identified as Saheed Ogunrinde.
The kidnappers were said to have appeared in camouflage and invaded a popular farm in the village, which had more than 200 workers.
The kidnappers were reportedly trailed by combined team of policemen and So-Safe Corps operatives.
Confirming the incident, the Commander of So-Safe Corps, Soji Ganzalo, said his men participated in the operation to salvage the situation after the suspected kidnappers had invaded the village.
Ganzalo said: “A distress call was made to Owode Area Command by the DPO Owode Division that two people were killed and two others were kidnapped in Abule Awo, Orile-Imo on Tuesday.
“The Owode Area Command of So-Safe led by Saheed Ogunrinde moved to the affected location to salvage the situation.
“On getting there, a joint operation was carried out by our men and Nigeria Police and all efforts to track the kidnappers proved abortive.
“The following morning, on Wednesday, when our men resumed with the police to search the location, which led them to the Interchange Area.
“On sighting our men, the kidnappers opened fire and their bullet hit Ogunrinde, who died in the process.
“His body has been taken to his house at Ajura and buried.
“His rifle and phone were taken away by the kidnappers.”
When contacted, the outgone spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
Oyeyemi, who handed over to the new spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, on Thursday, said one of the suspects had been arrested and that others were being trailed by operatives of the joint operation.
“Two people were shot and one of them died on the spot. They also kidnapped two,” he said.
Oyeyemi disclosed that one suspects had been arrested.