Abeokuta - The Ogun State Police Command on Thursday said its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killed four suspected robbers at Igbesa, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman of the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, made the announcement when he spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta.
He said that security operatives killed the robbers late on Wednesday.
Adejobi said that the team, led by the Officer-in-Charge of SARS, Ahmed Tijani, killed the suspects in their hideout at Odan Abuja Village in Igbesa.
“The robbery suspects were part of the armed robbers who attacked officials of the Vigilance Services of Ogun State (VSO) at Onihale axis of Ifo Township in Ifo Local Government Area.”
He said that four members of VSO were killed.
“The same robbery gang were said to have killed one of the serving officers of SARS,” Adejobi said.
He said the SARS team acted on a tip-off and engaged the robbers in a fierce gun duel that led to the death of the four hoodlums.
“The robbers on sighting the police, opened fire and the police responded appropriately and four of them died on the spot while some of them fled the area with bullet wounds.”
Adejobi said that police operatives were able to recover one Nissan Sunny salon car marked Lagos JJ 106 BE and one pump action gun loaded with 10 rounds of live cartridges.
He disclosed that one made-in-Ghana pistol, a double-barreled gun with three rounds of live cartridges and a locally made double-barreled pistol loaded with two live cartridges were also recovered.
Others items recovered were expended cartridges, one AK47 magazine, loaded with seven rounds of live bullets, two Bajaj motorcycles without registration number as well as assorted charms.
He said that investigation was still going on and that the command would intensify efforts to track the fleeing suspects.
“Ogun State Police Command appeals to members of the public, particularly the medical practitioners to inform the police whenever they see anybody with bullet wounds,” he said.
In another development, the police dislodged robbers operating at Quarry Road, Abeokuta on Thursday.
Speaking with the media at the scene of the incident, Adejobi described the gallantry displayed by the officers as a proof of police ability to fight crime in the state.
Adejobi, who attributed the successful dislodgement to availability of equipment provided by Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, reiterated the command’s pledge not to condone acts of criminality.
“This is just a tip of the iceberg, the men came to operate; we got information and our mobile policemen attached to the Armoured Personnel Carrier at the Ibara axis were able to dislodged them.”
“We were able to arrest one of the suspects while the others fled. Our men were conscious of the fact that this area is a school environment, so there was fear of stray bullets.”