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