Operatives of the Ogun State Police command say they have arrested seven suspected armed robbers dressed in military camouflage uniform.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, disclosed this on Tuesday while parading some suspected robbers and rapists arrested by the command.
He said the suspects were arrested on the 4th of September 2020, at about 2.30am,when the command received a distress call that a gang of armed robbers who dressed in military camouflage uniform had blocked the Sagamu-Benin Expressway at Ijebu-Ife, forcefully dispossessing motorists and commuters of their valuables.
He added that promptly the command dispatched a team of Special Anti-robbery Squad was detailed to join force with the patrol team of Ijebu-Ife division and confronted them.
Ajogun said when the suspects sighted the policemen, they engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes, and at the end of which one of the hoodlums was shot dead while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
He said the SARS operatives went after the fleeing members of the gang and brought them to justice within the shortest possible period in order to put a permanent end to their nefarious activities.
He said operatives embarked on a technical and intelligence- based investigation which led to the arrest of one Vincent Magnus and Elias John in Apapa Lagos State on the 11th of September 2020.
Ajogun said the arrest of the duo led the operatives to the 7up area in Ikeja Lagos on the 12th of September 2020 where three other members of the deadly gang namely: Ikechukwu Alore, Ifeanyi Emmanuel and Chibueze Kingsley were apprehended.
He said one other member of the gang, Chigozie Micheal was later arrested in Sagamu, Ogun State as investigation progressed.
He added that the gang leader, Obiorah Michael, who sustained bullet wounds in his abdomen, hand and right thigh during their encounter with policemen in Ijebu-Ife was later traced to Ajangbadi area of Lagos where he was being treated of the wounds and was promptly apprehended.
Ajogun said the suspects have all confessed to being responsible for series of robbery incidents along Sagamu-Benin Expressway, especially Babcock Junction and Ijebu-Ife area.
He said the exhibits recovered from them include three complete pairs of military camouflage, one military vest, one military nose mask, one army head-warmer, one military camouflage bag and three mock guns fabricated with black cello-tape.
Some other suspects arrested over rape and robbery were also paraded.