The Ogun police command said it had arrested three members of armed robbery syndicate who escaped arrest when operatives of Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) stormed their hideout at Adesan area of Mowe early June.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations (PPRO) disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday.
According to the PPRO, the suspects, Saheed Bello , leader of the gang and Bello Sadiq were traced to Academy area of Ibadan based on intelligence investigation embarked upon by CSP Tijani Mohammed led SARS operatives and they were apprehended.
Oyeyemi noted that the arrest led to the arrest of one Ibrahim Rasheed who was the gang herbalist at Ile-Ogbo in Osun state.
“Recovered from them are one locally made single barrel pistol and five live cartridges.
“The gang has 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 7th of June 2020 while the recently arrested ones escaped as a result of which the Commissioner of police ordered a serious manhunt for them,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson , has directed a full scale investigation into the past activities of the suspects , saying they should be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.