Five suspected armed robbers arrested as Police operatives retrieve two stolen vehicles
The Police Command in Ogun says it has arrested five suspected armed robbers who were allegedly connected with recent robbery attacks and killings at the Gateway Polytechnic in Saapade.
Mr Abiodun Alamutu, the Commissioner of Police, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday, adding that the command also recovered two Lexus cars stolen during recent robbery attacks.
The Commissioner recalled that some suspected armed robbers recently invaded communities hosting students of Gateway Polytechnic, which is in Saapade in the state’s Remo North Local Government Area.
According to Alamutu, the command’s operatives in the Remo North Division had received a distress call on Saturday at 3 a.m. that some armed robbers were on rampage within their community.
He said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) led his men to respond to the distress call and met a group of armed robbers.
“There was an exchange of gunfire between the Police and the armed men.
“In their bid to escape, they shot at four students who were walking along the road and made away with a Lexus car they had earlier snatched at gunpoint from another student.
“One of the victims of the gunshots reportedly died on his way to the hospital, while the three others were treated and discharged.
“The Police later tracked the stolen Lexus car to the Oke-Itoku area of Abeokuta, where it was recovered.
“Another Lexus car, discovered to have been snatched at the Ajuwon area of the state by the same gang, was also recovered,” the Commissioner of Police said.
Alamutu stated that some members of the gang were later arrested through intelligence gathering while a member of another gang which robbed people of their phones at gunpoint was also nabbed.(NAN)