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Police arrest suspected robbers of Ogun poly students

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three persons in connection with the recent robbery attacks on students of Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade, who reside in Ode-Remo and Ipara-Remo communities of Remo North Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

reported that some suspected armed robbers invaded the Ipara-Remo and Ode-Remo communities, hosting some students of the Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State, just as some students were shot with female students allegedly sexually molested.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspected robbers stormed the communities around 1am November 19, shooting sporadically and entering into students’ hostels to cart away their belongings, molest some female students, and also shoot some others, among which was Francis Dwumfour, leaving him in a critical condition.

The police spokesperson disclosed that the three suspects were arrested during a stop and search operation conducted within the area after a security summit organised by the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alamutu.

She said, “The Ogun State Police Command has made a significant progress in apprehending suspected armed robbers and recovering firearm and ammunition from three armed men that invaded Ode Remo, and Ipara, raping female students, and continued terrorising the tertiary institution within that area. The suspects at first denied, but a victim of their last robbery operation identified one out of the three-man gang of young men, terorrising Gateway Polytechnic.

“Following a security summit organised by the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha psc, in response to the recent shooting incidents at Gateway Polytechnic, a proactive operation was conducted based on intelligence.

“On November 27, 2023, the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, implemented a stop and search operation in Ode Remo and Ipara areas. During the operation, a gang of three suspected armed young men were intercepted on a motorcycle. The suspects attempted to evade arrest by resorting to violent means to escape but were eventually apprehended.”

She disclosed further that the suspects, who were arrested with exhibits, were identified as Taiwo Oredoyin, Taiwo Kuti and Folorunsho Saheed and would be transferred to the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, for further investigation.

“The suspects arrested have been profiled as Taiwo Oredoyin ‘M’ (27 years old), Taiwo Kuti ‘M’ (35 years old), and Folorunsho Saheed ‘M’ (36 years old), all belonging to Isara town in Ogun State. Upon conducting a search on them, police officers discovered one locally fabricated pistol with two live cartridges, as well as two Samsung phones, in their possession.

“The arrested suspects are currently undergoing interrogation as part of the preliminary investigation. Upon completion of this phase, they will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for a more in-depth and discreet investigation,” Odutola concluded.

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