Ori Yanrin area in Abeokuta was on Sunday thrown into confusion as men of the Vigilante Service of Ogun State (VSO), on Sunday shot two residents dead at 18 A Sorinola Avenue while in pursuit of armed robbery suspects. Findings revealed that while the vigilante team was chasing the suspects, they (the vigilante men) ordered the residents to open their gate around 1 am to enable them serach for the robbers who they suspected were hiding in the compound. The residents however declined. Findings revealed that the residents were scared that the men ordering them to open the gate might be armed robbers and not vigilantes as they claimed.
The duo of Akeem Usman, a 32-year-old staff of MTN and Moruf Raji, a 29-year-old student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic summoned courage and went to open the gate. Unfortunately for them, as they did, one of the members of the vigilante team opened fire, killing the two of them instantly. Despite the shooting, the vigilante men went ahead to search the compound for the suspects they were reportedly chasing.
The incident has been confirmed by the PRO of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Muyiwa Adejobi who disclosed that investigation has already commenced on the matter.
Meanwhile, in another part of the state, Adejobi disclosed that policemen encountered some robbers while in the act of robbing the owner of Agarau Shopping Complex in Otta, Ado Odo Otta Local Government area of Ogun State. He told Street Journal that after a fierce gun battle that lasted for thirty minutes, three of the robbers were killed while 2 of them escaped narrowly with bullet wounds. “The robbers had robbed the owner of the complex of N 1.2 million and injured some customers before police anti robbery team attached to Onipanu division led by the Divisional Police Officer CSP. Oyeniyi Yemi arrived the scene”, Adejobi revealed. He also stated that the police recovered N 1.2 million, one locally made double barreled pistol, one triple barreled Ghanaian made pistol,one single barreled locally made gun, four live cartridges, two expended cartridges and a motorcycle.
The Ogun State Police Command has called for the help of the general public to fish out the fleeing injured robbers who the police spokesman said have equally been placed under surveillance. “The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye will always make sure that hoodlums do not have free hands to operate in the state; and assures the general public of safety of lives and property in the Gateway State”, Adejobi said.