Police operatives on Wednesday gunned down a member of an armed robbery gang operating along Sagamu-Benin Expressway.
Spokesperson for the the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident to journalists said, the gang had blocked the express road in an attempt to rob a luxury bus belonging to the Young Shall Grow Motors.
“Men of Ogun State Police Command have on the early hour of Wednesday 22nd August shot dead an armed robbery suspect along Shagamu/Benin Express road,” the police spokesman told journalists.
He said the police were alerted by a distress call made to the Ogbere Divisional Headquarters. The Divisional Police Officer, John Okon, led his officials to the scene where they engaged the bandits in gun duel which lasted for about 30 minutes.
“While the operation was going on, a distress call was made to the police at Ogbere divisional headquarters consequence upon which the DPO SP John Okon led his anti-robbery men to the scene where they engaged the bandits in gun duel which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, one of the suspects was shot dead while others escaped into the nearby bush.”
Oyeyemi said the police recovered from the deceased robber a locally made long barrel gun, a toy pistol and charms.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered a manhunt for the other gang members, he added.