Oyo police kills four robbery suspects, recover stolen cars

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FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

Robbers were killed in separate operations.

The Oyo State Police Command on Friday said it killed four notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising residents of the state for a long while.

The corpses of the four suspects, believed to have specialised in car snatching, were paraded at the state police command, Eleyele, Ibadan.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, the gang had robbed one Adeniran Adewola of Elewuro, Akobo, of his Honda Accord car and other belongings on January 15.

The incident was reported at the Akobo Police Station same day and the police began a manhunt for the gang immediately, Mr. Indabawa said.

He disclosed that the command on Thursday engaged one Ali Azare, a hunter, to join in the search of the lost vehicle. The vehicle was located on Friday. Armed with the information, the police boss said, his men trailed the vehicle towards the Ibadan-Oyo road where the occupants engaged them in a shootout. The three occupants diverted to Alaaka road where they were eventually killed in a gun duel with the police.

Mr. Indabawa said that documents recovered from the vehicle show that it belonged to Adeniran Ademola of Elewuro, Akobo, Ibadan.

Other recovered items included an AK47 rifle, one double barrel locally made pistol, one single barrel locally made cut-to-size shot gun, 101 rounds of live ammunition, 9 rounds of live cartridges, eight assorted mobile phones, one palmtop and N17,170.

Apart from the gang, Mr. Indabawa said one other suspected armed robber was also gunned down by police officers on Friday. He said the lone suspect was killed around 3 a.m. by Federal Highway Patrol officers stationed along Lagos road at Seko, near Dominion University. He was said to have been sighted in a green Toyota Camry with registration Number SD 57 AAA, along with other occupants coming from Lagos.

The team tried to stop the vehicle but the occupants refused to stop and this made the police pursue them and engaged them in an exchange of gun fire. One of the suspects was killed by the police while others escaped into the bush.

The Oyo police boss noted that the vehicle was recovered and on the spot search led to the recovery of two shotguns, 12 rounds of live cartridges, four assorted handsets and one cutlass.

He noted that the vehicle particulars found in the car revealed one Omowunmi Abubakar of Yinusa Balogun Bus Stop, Okota Palace Way, Lagos, as the owner.

Mr. Indabawa said the success recorded on Thursday showed that the police was ready to tackle crime in 2014. He warned criminals to stay out of the state.

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