Five armed armed robbery suspects including an herbalist accomplice allegedly terrorising Osiele and its environs in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State have been arrested by men of the state police command.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects were arrested in the early hour of Friday 24th of July 2020 by operatives of Special Anti-robbery Squad.
He listed the names of the suspects as The Dayo Ajala (39), Ismaila Badmus (35), Joseph Sunday (24), Chuckwuemeka Paul (27) and their herbalist accomplice, Okikiola Adeshina (46).
Oyeyemi said the suspects referred to the herbalist as their godfather who used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new member into their fold.
Oyeyemi said they were all arrested following an information received by the SARS about their hideout at Odeda area.
He said acting upon the information, the officer-in-charge, SARS,Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and they cordoned off the hideout and apprehended the suspects.
He said, “At the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended; and their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist who they claimed is their godfather that used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new member into their fold.”
He said the items recovered from them were; one double- barrelled locally made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted dangerous charms.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered full scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to prosecuting them diligently.