The Ogun State Police Command has arrested six suspected armed robbers, recovered some fake army camouflage uniforms and ammunitions.
The Police also said they recovered some masks suspected to have been used for robbery operations.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told journalists on Wednesday in Abeokuta that the suspects were arrested at different hideouts in the state, including located Ijebu, Ibafo and Ota axis
He said the police detectives attached to Ago Iwoye Division led by the Divisional Police Officer of Ago Iwoye, acting on a tip off, stumbled on the hideout of some armed robbers, who had been terrorizing the people of Ago Iwoye and Ijebu axis.
“The suspects were arrested with two locally made guns, live cartridges, complete set of Army camouflage uniform, and some masks suspected to have been used for robbery operations in the area,” the police spokesperson said.
Mr. Adejobi said the Police Anti Robbery Teams in Ota and Ibafo arrested three more suspects who terrorized the people of the areas respectively. He said operatives in Ota Division led by the Divisional Police Officer, Muideen Adisa, received intelligence that some robbers always hid at an area in Ijoko Ota.
“The suspect confessed to belonging to a syndicate of armed robbers that operates in Ota Area of Ogun State,” Mr. Adejobi said.
He said the police in Ibafo Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Salawu Jimoh, ambushed a five man gang of armed robbers on Wednesday at about 5.00 a.m. and arrested two of the robbers while the others escaped.
Mr. Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Val Ntomchukwu, commended the police detectives who made the arrests all over the state for their commitment and ability to demystify the criminals.
According to Mr. Adejobi, Mr. Ntomchukwu said the affected divisions should carry out proper preliminary investigations into the robbery operations before the cases are transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence in Eleweran Abeokuta.
Mr. Ntomchukwu also mandated the Officer in Charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ogun State to beam its searchlight on the fleeing members of the gangs and bring them to book by all means, while he also assured the people of adequate protection of lives and property.