While parts of Ogun State still reels in shock over the death of 4 members of the vigilante team guarding a fuel station in Ifo, who were shot dead by armed robbers on Friday, the Ogun State police command on Saturday commenced a manhunt for the perpetrators. According to a statement signed by the PRO of the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, the efforts have started paying off as weapons were discovered in some hideouts. The statement reads in part “the Ogun State Police command in its bid to rid Ogun State of hoodlums, has embarked on constant raid of criminals’ hideouts and placed manhunt on suspected armed robbers in the state. The Commissioner of Police CP Ikemefuna Okoye who has moved out wit his team in conjunction with the personnel of Department of State Services (SSS) to identify black spots in Ogun with the view of apprehending or dislodging the hoodlums, believes that constant raid of these hideouts will not give these hoodlums free hand to operate. In this light, the Ogun SARS team led by the OC SP Ahmed Tijani, on Saturday 22nd June, after a tip off from the Command’s intelligence unit, pounced on criminals in one of their dens in Makun area of Sagamu. The hoodlums who fled the scene on sighting the police were into many social vices as at the time the police attacked them.
Search conducted on the house led to recovery of 20 bags of weed suspected to be Indian hemp and some offensive weapons suspected to have been used for various robbery operations by the hoodlums. CP Okoye has however vowed to fish out these hoodlums so as to maintain low crime rate in Ogun State and even improve on anti crime strategies put in place by the command. Okoye has also ordered that the exhibits be transferred to the NDLEA Ogun command for discrete investigation”.
Speaking on the Ifo robbery, Adejobi disclosed to Street Journal that the slain vigilante men were obviously caught unawares as they were in their bus when the robbers came. He also stated that the police engaged the robbers in a gun duel as they tried to make their escape and recovered some items from them. Adejobi said some of them escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds which they sustained during the gun duel with policemen.
DSP Adejobi also disclosed that items recovered from the vehicle abandoned by the fleeing robbers included one pump action gun, two double- barrelled guns, one phoenix pistol, 34 live ammunition of the pistol, five empty magazines of AK 47 rifle, a sledge hammer as well as three cars. 250 expended shells of AK47 rifle were recovered from the scene of the robbery according to the PPRO.