…the suspects attacked and snatched a Bajaj motorcycle at gun point
Operatives of the Ogun state Police Command have arrested four suspected armed robbers who allegedly specialise in snatching motorcycles from owners at gun point.
The suspects, Muhammad Adamu, 20, Okacha Alidu, 22, Yusuf Mohammed, 28, and Muniru Sunmaila, 20, were arrested following a distress call received at Ajuwon Police Divisional Headquarters.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said the police were hinted at about 3am on Monday, the suspects had attacked one Sunday Doile at Onibudo area of Akute and snatched his Bajaj motorcycle at gun point.
He said, “Upon the distress call, the DPO Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, quickly mobilised his patrol team and moved to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums, who were about six in number, took to their heels in different directions, while one of them escaped with the snatched motorcycle. Others were hotly chased, and four amongst them were apprehended.
“On interrogation, they confessed to being the syndicate responsible for various cases of motorcycle snatching in Ajuwon and its environs.
“They confessed further that their mode of operation is to use a motorcycle belonging to one of them to cross the one they want to snatch, and they will show their gun to the victim and order him to surrender his motorcycle.
“According to them, any of their victims who struggle with them will be hit on the head with an iron rod, and the motorcycle will be taken away while the owner is unconscious. They claimed to have killed one of their victims in the process.
“Recovered from them are: two locally made pistols, one iron rod, one cutlass, one live cartridge, three expended cartridges and assorted criminal charms.”
The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
He added, “The CP has also directed that the escaped members of the gang must be hunted wherever they might be.”