Three suspected members of an armed robbery syndicate responsible for criminal activities around Mowe and Ofada areas of Ogun State, have been arrested.
According to DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who is the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, they had earlier escaped arrest when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, stormed their hideout at Adesan area of Mowe in Ogun State early this month.
The suspects – 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, where they were apprehended.
Their arrest led to the arrest of one Ibrahim Rasheed who is said to be the gang’s herbalist at Ile-Ogbo in Osun State.
Recovered from them are one locally made single barrel pistol and five live cartridges.
The gang is said to have been responsible for a series of robbery cases around Mowe/Ofada areas in recent time.
Four members of the gang had earlier been arrested on the June 7, 2020 while the recently arrested ones escaped as a result of which the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered a serious manhunt for them.
Meanwhile, Ebrimson has directed a full scale investigation into the past activities of the suspects with the view to charge them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.