Two fleeing members of an armed robbery syndicate and their herbalist have been arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the Ogun State Command.
The armed robbers reportedly fled their hideouts and escaped arrest three weeks ago when the operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad stormed their hideout at the Adesan area of Mowe, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects; Saheed Bello and Bello Sadiq were arrested in Ibadan while their herbalist, Ibrahim Rasheed, was apprehended in Osun state on Monday.
The PPRO added that the suspects were arrested three weeks after four of their gang members had been apprehended in their hideout in Mowe.
He said, “Saheed Bello who is the leader of the gang and Bello Sadiq were traced to Academy area of Ibadan based on intelligence investigation embarked upon by the CSP Tijani Mohammed led SARS operatives and they were apprehended.
Their arrest led to the arrest of one Ibrahim Rasheed who is the gang herbalist at Ile-Ogbo in Osun State.”
According to the PPRO, one locally made single barrel pistol and five live cartridges were recovered from them.
He added, “The gang has been responsible for a series of robbery cases around Mowe/Ofada areas in recent times.
“Four members of the gang had earlier been arrested on the 7th of June 2020 while the recently arrested ones escaped as a result of which the commissioner of police ordered a serious manhunt for them.
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has directed a full-scale investigation into the past activities of the suspects with a view to charging them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”