Three members of an armed robbery syndicate who escaped arrest when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad stormed their hideout at Adesan area of Mowe, Ogun State early this month have been arrested.
This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Monday.
The suspects: Saheed Bello, who is the leader of the gang, and Bello Sadiq were traced to Academy area of Ibadan, Oyo State based on intelligence investigation embarked upon by the Chief Superintendent of Police Tijani Mohammed-led SARS operatives from Ogun State Police Command and they were apprehended.
Their arrest led to the further arrest of one Ibrahim Rasheed, who is the gang’s herbalist in Ile-Ogbo, Osun State.
Recovered from them were one locally made single barrel pistol and five live cartridges.
The gang has been responsible for a series of robbery cases around Mowe/Ofada areas in recent time, Oyeyemi said.
He said four members of the gang had earlier been arrested on June 7, 2020, while the recently arrested ones escaped.
As a result of this, the Command’s Commissioner, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered for their manhunt and arrest.
Ebrimson has directed a full scale investigation into the past activities of the suspects with the view to charge them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.