Police parade 23 suspects for robbery, kidnapping in Ogun, recover 21 guns

New Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

New Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Vigilante Group Arrests Suspected Ritualist, 11 Others In Kogi

Ogun State Police Command yesterday paraded 23 suspects for various offences, ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of arms to murder and cultism.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu who paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, said the suspects were arrested at different locations in the state, disclosing that over 21 assorted guns, including three AK 47 rifles were recovered from them.

One the suspects was Richard Abraham, a member of a notorious gang of robbers/kidnappers alleged to have been terrorising residents of Oyo, Lagos and Ogun states.

liyasu said the operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Squad (FSARS) received intelligence on the hideout of the notorious gang on Monday, August 22 and they went after them.

“On sighting the operatives, the suspected armed robbers opened fire on them (police) while the operatives also returned fire for fire, by the time the dust settled one of the robbers, Abraham, was arrested while other members of the gang escaped”, Illiyasu explained.

The commissioner disclosed that the FSARS recovered one AK 47 rifle, loaded with 60 rounds of ammunition, three pump action guns, one cut to size double-barrel gun, one cut to size single barrel gun and one unregistered Toyota Corolla vehicle.

Also paraded for armed robbery were Adewale Ajeigbe and Ibrahim Kareem, who were suspected to be among the gang terrorising residents of Ogijo and Sagamu areas of the state. The FSARS was said to have stormed their hideout at Igbo Olomu area in Ikorodu and the suspects were said to have equally opened fire on them. Adeigbe was said to have been wounded in the gun duel and he was arrested with AK 47 rifle. He later led the police to one of their hideouts in Lagos garage, Ijebu Ode, where their kingpin, Kareem was arrested.

Meanwhile, the effort of the new security outfit launched recently by Governor Yahaya Bello tagged Operation Total Freedom has started showing positive results as the vigilante and local hunters of Igbagun Community in Yagba East Local Government of the state have arrested a suspected ritualist, Nifemi Oyibo along with 11 other members of his gang.

The new outfit which laid more emphasis on community policing incorporated the vigilante and the hunters to make identification of the criminal elements within the communities easier.

The suspected ritualist was allegedly arrested while trying to break into one of the houses and was paraded around the community before being handed over to the police.

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