Six suspected armed robbers invaded a Christ Apostolic Church, Gudugbe Alagbon, Wasimi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, dispossessed worshippers of their valuables and abducted one.
The unpleasant event reportedly happened on Thursday 26th of November 2020 during a vigil but five members of the robbery gang were arrested by the operatives of the Ewekoro Division of the Ogun State Police Command.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the shepherd in charge of the church, Obisesan Seye, made a distress call to the police around 1.30am on the fateful day and they moved in swiftly.
The suspects arrested who are said to be Fulani are; Abubakar Ibrahim (38), Sulaiman Yusuf (32), Ismail Yusuf (20), Umar Aliu (26) and Yinusa Musa.
Oyeyemi said the hoodlums beat some members of the church to stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables, and abducted one Mrs Mojisola Atolagbe while leaving the church.
He added, “Upon the distress call, policemen attached to Ewekoro Division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest where the hoodlums escaped, thoroughly hunt for them and their efforts paid off when five among the gang were apprehended in the bush.
“The victims of the attack have identified all the arrested suspects while the sixth one is being hunted for.”
Oyeyemi said the items recovered from them were one machete, two sharp pointed cudgels and assorted dangerous charms.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He also directed an extensive routine patrol across the state so as to assure members of the public that police are on ground to ensure their safety.