A member of a robbery gang was shot dead Tuesday, while his colleagues sustained various gunshot injuries along Ijebu-Ode/Benin Expressway, police said.
The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed this to journalists on Wednesday, said the bandits were operating along the expressway when nemesis caught up with them.
He said the Police Anti-Crime Patrol Team attached to Ogbere Division of the Command on Tuesday at about 11.00 p.m. engaged some armed robbers who were operating at Ajede area near J3, along Ijebu Ode/Benin expressway following a distress call.
Mr. Adejobi said the hoodlums had blocked the road with one Toyota Bus with registration number NND 529 XA. The bus had been snatched by the robbers, while they asked the commuters to lie down with a view to robbing them.
He said the robbers, on sighting police, engaged them in a gun battle. One of the robbers died as a result of superior fire power of the police, Mr. Adejobi said.
The police spokesperson said after the operation, the commuters were all rescued unhurt and all their belongings were intact.
When a search was conducted on the dead robber, a cutlass, five life cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from him.
The Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, recently launched Operation Safer Highway with the distribution of more than 600 patrol vans and logistics to all commands and formations of the police for adequate protection of lives and property of road users all over the country.
Similarly, the Ogun State Command has deployed more than 40 patrol vans along all the highways in the state. Also, the efforts of the command to protect lives and property of road users within the state have paid off as many highway robbery operations have been thwarted while many suspected robbers arrested.