The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday paraded seven members of an armed robbery gang which operate with military uniforms.
The armed robbers were arrested in Lagos and Sagamu during an operation on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Edward Ajogun, said the suspects, who were members of a gang, had operated at Ijebu-Ife around 2.30 am on September 4 in military camouflage uniforms.
Ajogun said the criminal gang engaged his men in a gun battle, which led to the death of one of them while seven others escaped.
According to Ajogun, operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, led by CSP Muhammad Tijani, fished out the suspects from their different hideouts within and outside the state.
Ajogun said six of the suspects – Ikechukwu Alore, Ifeanyi Emmanuel, Chinbueze Kingsley, Obiora Michael, Elias John and Vincent Magnus– were arrested at different locations in Lagos.
Another suspect, Chigozie Michael, was apprehended in Sagamu, Ogun State.
Ajogun said, “The gang leader, Obiora Michael, who sustained bullet wounds on his abdomen, right hand and thigh during the encounter with the SARS operatives, was traced to his home in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos on September 17, where his wife was treating him, having lied to her that he sustained the injuries in a road accident.”
The CP presented a cash gift of N100,000 to the SARS operatives as commendation for their efforts leading to the arrest of the suspects.
The leader of the armed robbery gang said they came about the military uniforms when they attacked a passenger bus on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and found a bag containing military uniforms.
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