Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:03 pm
By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
Two members of an armed robbery syndicate were gunned down on Friday while another was arrested by men of the Ogun State Police command along the Sagamu-Benin/Ore road. The incident happened at J4 area, Ogun Waterside.
The State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu, while parading the suspects before pressmen at Igbeba Area Command in Ijebu-Ode, said the police acted on a tip-off. CP Iliyasu said a distress call was received by his men in Ogbere Divisional Police Headquarters and that the officers immediately followed up on the tip off. According to him, an anti-robbery team led by the DPO of Ogbere, John Okoh, was engaged in a gun duel which lasted for hours by the robbers who were caught in the act.
The police boss said other members of the syndicate escaped from the scene with various degrees of injury. He said, “In the early hours of today, our men at Ogbere Division received a distress call about a group of armed bandit who blocked Sagamu/Ore expressway at J4 area to rub commuters plying the road.
“Upon the distress call, the DPO of the station, SP John Okoh led his anti-robbery and other tactical and combat team to the scene where they met the robbers dispossessing commuters of their valuables. “In sighting the policemen, the bandits engaged them in a gun duel which lasted for hours. At the end of the encounter, two members of the gang were gunned down and one was arrested alive while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries. “The victims were rescued unhurt and we’ve launch serious manhunt for the escaped members of the gang.
“Recovered from them are single barrel gun, one phone, a carton of car sound protector and other instruments used in their heinous activities.” While assuring of safety of life and property in the Command, the Police boss appealed to members of the public, especially health workers to report any incident of gunshot wound to the police. “I hereby appeal to members of the public, especially hospitals and other health workers to report to the police if anybody with gunshot wound is seen around this area. CP Ahmed in resolute make this promise”We are ready to give criminals a very hard chest ,we will definitely deal with anybody who has criminal intentions coming from that area. We are ready to subguide any commuters.No criminal will go on punish.