Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta


Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ogun State Police Command on Sunday killed four suspected cross-border robbers after a gun battle between the police operatives and the bandits.

Two of the suspected robbers were also arrested.

The hoodlums, who are said to have their networks in Togo and Ghana, were said to have laid siege to Itoku Market in Abeokuta, where they had planned to rob Bureau de Change operators, before the police swooped on them.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this on Tuesday at the SARs Office, Magbon, Abeokuta, while parading two members of the syndicate, who were arrested after the clash.

He said, “The incident occurred on Sunday at 9.30pm under the newly constructed flyover bridge in Itoku market where the bandits, who were based in Ghana, attempted to loot the Bureau de Change offices.

“Those, who were arrested, were Adamu Bamako and Ibrahim Tanko. They are not Nigerians and they cannot speak English, but, they speak Hausa language.
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“The SARs laid an ambush for the syndicate. When they got to the scene, there was an exchange of gunfire, they engaged our men in gun duel that lasted for almost an hour.

“Four of them fell during the battle while two of them were fatally injured and were arrested. One of our men sustained injury and has been treated.”

Adejobi said the suspects had no fixed address and that the command could not identify their states of origin as of the moment of parading them before journalists.

He said the SARs had placed them under surveillance through information gathered from different angles, stating that “they are members of a robbery syndicate based in Ghana and Togo, because they are not Nigerians.”

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