The Oyo State Police Command has said the leader of a notorious robbery gang, identified as Moroof, has been killed by local vigilante during a robbery operation in the Alafara area of Ibadan.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said Moroof was shot severally but two other gang members took him to a hideout where they sought the services of a local doctor to treat him.
He said, “The robbery gang met their waterloo when they invaded Alafara area of Ibadan in the early hours of November 7, 2016. The robbery suspects, who had been terrorising many parts of the state, engaged in a gun battle with a vigilante group, resulting in the fatal shooting of the gang leader.
“Although the hoodlums escaped from the scene, two members of the criminal gang were later arrested at their criminal hideout by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command while they were arranging for a local doctor to treat the injured member, who later died as a result of injuries. Ojeniyi Ibrahim, 32, and Taiwo Odetola, 27, were arrested,” said Ajisebutu.
Odetola told our correspondent that the late Moroof planned the operation but that the plan went awry.
He said, “He took us to the area for the robbery operation but on our way, we encountered a vigilante group who shot at us. Moroof was badly injured and we took him to a place where we were spotted by the residents of the area and arrested.”