In the early hours of Saturday, February 27, the Ogun state police command arrested two armed robbery suspects while operating at Shagamu interchange area of Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
The two suspects identified as Solomon Aghofure, 30 years old indigene of Delta state, and Emmanuel Mathew, 37 years old indigene of Abia State were arrested when the police patrol team of Shagamu division were on routine patrol of the expressway at about 1:30 am.
Vantage News gathered that the suspects and their gang have already positioned themselves at the interchange, ready to attack unsuspecting commuters plying the road, opened fire on the passing patrol team led by the DPO, CSP Okiki Agunbiade.
A statement by the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, reads in part
”The team engaged them in shoot out at the end of which one of them sustained gun shot injuries and subsequently apprehended.”
“Other members of the gang escaped into the bush abandoning their operational vehicle. The bush was thoroughly combed from where the other suspect was also arrested. A police corporal attached to the team also sustained gunshot injuries on his leg and was rushed to hospital for treatment.”
“On interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they are five in number in their gang, they gave the names of others as Uche a.k.a two million, Arinze and Uzor. They further revealed that the three escaped members of the gang are ex convicts who had served various jail terms in okitipupa Ondo state and Shagamu in Ogun state. It was after their prison term they formed the gang and recruited them.”
In addition, the state commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation. He also directed that the escaped members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice.
CP Edward also appealed to members of the public especially hospitals to quickly inform the police if anyone with gunshot injury is seen in their vicinity.