Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspects on their way to a robbery operation along the Awa-Ijebu – Ijebu Ode expressway in south-west Nigeria.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.
He identified the suspects as 32-year-old Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga, who is also 32 years.
Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were accosted on the expressway on Tuesday last week when the Divisional Police Officer in Awa-Ijebu, Adewalehinmi Joseph, led a team of security operatives on routine patrol in the area.
He stated that the suspects who were on a motorcycle quickly jumped down on sighting the policemen and took to their heels.
“They were hotly chased and one of them – Odukoya Ayomide – was apprehended with a locally made cut to size double barrel gun while the second suspect escaped through the nearby bush.
“The arrested suspect informed the police on interrogation that his fleeing partner was the person who invited him from Ijebu-Ode for robbery operation and that they were just going to carry out the operation when they were accosted by the police,” the command’s spokesman said.
According to him, information obtained from the arrested suspect led the police to Sagamu where Oyenuga, his fleeing partner was arrested on Friday last week.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) unit for discreet investigation.
He also warned criminally-minded persons to leave Ogun State, adding that the command would make it too hot for them under his watch.