Police in Ogun State have arrested a three-man robbery gang who has been terrorising residents of Iju Ota and its environs in Ado/Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state
The suspects, Bamidele Oluwashina, ‘m’ 31, Adebowale Kehinde ‘m’ 32 and Oluwasegun Abayomi, were also said to have inflicted machete injuries on the head of one Tosin Ajayi during their operation in the area
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement that the suspects were arrested following a distress call received by the Police at Onipanu divisional headquarters at about 9:30 pm about the robbers’ invasion at Iju love bus stop and tipper garage wielding dangerous weapons and dispossessing people of their valuables.
Oyeyemi said that upon the distress call, the DPO Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Ishola Job, mobilised his patrol team to the scene and engaged the robbers in gun battle which later led to their arrest.
“Having realized that the superior power of the police in the gun duel took to their heels but one of them was arrested at the scene.” he said
The PPRO said that the entire area was cordoned off while police intensified search for other members of the gang with the help of members of the community which led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate who were sighted while trying to escape in a tricycle.
He said that one cut-to-size locally made pistol and two live cartridges was recovered from them.
Oyeyemi added that the man who was inflicted with machete cuts by the robbers had been taken to the hospital where he is receiving medical treatment
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation, he also appealed to the general public not to allow cultists to fester in their area as they were associated with all forms of violent crime.
The CP also assured the good people of the state that the command Violent Crime Intervention squad is battle ready to combat any violent crime across the state.