The men of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested two robbery suspects while operating at Sagamu interchange area of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Saturday 27th February, 2021.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects as Solomon Aghofure, a 30-year-old indigene of Delta State and Emmanuel Mathew, a 37- year- old indigene of Abia State.
He said they were members of a five-man robbery gang.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on the fateful day when the police patrol team of Sagamu Division were on routine patrol of the expressway at about 1.30 am.
He added that the suspects and their gang who had already positioned themselves at the interchange in readiness for attack on the commuters and motorists plying the road, opened fire on the passing patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer, Sagamu, CSP Okiki Agunbiade.
Oyeyemi said the team engaged them in shoot -out at the end of which one of them sustained gunshot injuries and was subsequently apprehended.
He said other members of the gang escaped into the bush abandoning their operational vehicle.
He added that the bush was thoroughly combed from where the other suspect was also arrested.
However, Oyeyemi said a police corporal attached to the team also sustained gunshot injuries on his leg and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
He said, “During interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they are five in number in their gang, they gave the names of others as Uche a.k.a two million, Arinze and Uzor.
“They further revealed that the three fleeing members of the gang are ex-convicts who had served various jail terms in Okitipupa, Ondo State and Sagamu in Ogun State. It was after their prison terms they formed the gang and recruited them.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun who praised the gallantry performance of his men has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta for discreet investigation.
He also directed that the fleeing members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice.
The CP appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals to quickly inform the police if anyone with gunshot injury is seen in their vicinity.