By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA – Operatives of the Ogun state police Command on Friday engaged a gang of suspected armed robbers in a gun duel, killing one of the gang members during the clash.
According to the Command, the gang of armed robbers were in military camouflage blocked the expressway and were dispossessing motorists of their valuables when the Anti-Robbery team as well as a team of Special Anti Robbery Squads of Police stormed the scene.
In a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, explained that the bloody clash occurred in the early hours of Friday on Sagamu/Benin Expressway in Ijebu-Ife, the Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.
Oyeyemi said one of the robbers was shot dead following a distress call received by the police in Ijebu-Ife about 2:45 am on Friday.
He added, “Upon the information, the DPO Ijebu-Ife CSP Raphael Ugbenyo quickly mobilised his Anti-Robbery team as well as a team of Special Anti Robbery Squads to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the robbers engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes.
“At the end of the encounter, one of the hoodlums was shot dead while others escaped into the nearby bush with various degrees of gunshot injuries.
“Recovered from the scene are two mock guns, a cell phone, assorted charms, and a torchlight.
“The corpse of the dead robber has been deposited in the mortuary, while effort is on to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang.”
The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, who praised his men for their gallantry display, had directed a thorough combing of the entire area to bring the escaped members of the gang to justice.