No fewer than three hoodlums have been killed along Osogbo/Ilesha road during an ambush for a vehicle conveying murder suspects to the facility of Nigeria Correctional Service, Ilesha, Osun State.

The Nation reports the combined efforts of police and hunters engaged the gunmen, who were shot dead.

Osun police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident, noting she has not been briefed about the circumstance surrounding the attack.

Findings by The Nation on Thursday morning revealed that gunmen laid ambush for a vehicle at Osunjale in Atakunmonsa West Local Government Area.

It was gathered the police, with the effort of the local hunters, repelled the attack. A statement by Opalola noted around 3:30pm, Osun Police tactical team’s vehicle, while taking some murder suspects to Ilesa Correctional centre, after Osunjela river along Osogbo/Ilesa Road, developed mechanical fault.

She explained: “As the nearby mechanics were working on the vehicle, four armed men emerged from Osunjela road on a 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 locally made guns; one pump action, two cut to size barrel guns with fourteen live cartridges.

“In the process, three murder suspects sustained several degrees of injuries and later died at Asubiaro hospital in Osogbo and were 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.”

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