Five suspected armed robbers, including a herbalist, have been arrested for terrorising residents of Osiele and its environs in the Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The suspects, Dayo Ajala, 39; Ismaila Badmus, 35; Obasanjo Sunday, 24; Chukwuemeka Paul, 27; and Okikiola Adeshina, 46, were arrested on Friday 24th July, by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Ogun State Police Command.
The Public Relations Officer of the state command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday 27th July.
According to Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested following information received by SARS officials about their hideout in the Odeda area.
“Upon the information, the O/C SARS, CSP Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off the hideout; at the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended.
“Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist, whom they claimed was their godfather and used to fortify them spiritually whenever they were going out for operation and also used to initiate new member into their fold.
“Recovered from them are one double -barrelled locally-made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted charms.” Oyeyemi stated.
Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered thorough investigation into the activities of the suspects with a view to prosecuting them diligently.