Ogun State Police Command has arrested five suspected armed robbers who robbed members of Christ Apostolic Church situated at Gudugbe Alagbon area of Wasimi in Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State.
The suspects were arrested on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
They were said to be members of a robbery syndicate terrorising the area.
The suspects, Abubakar Ibrahim (38 years), Sulaiman Yusuf (32), Ismail Yusuf (20), Umar Aliu (26) and Yinusa Musa were arrested following a distress call made by one Obisesan Seye, the Shepherd in charge of the church.
Seye had informed the police while vigil was ongoing in the church at about 1:30am that six men who were armed with dangerous weapons invaded the church and attacked the church members.
A statement by the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday confirmed that the hoodlums beat some members of the church to stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables.
“As if that was not enough, the hoodlums abducted one Mrs. Mojisola Atolagbe while leaving the church.
“Upon the distress call, the policemen attached to Ewekoro division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest where the hoodlums escaped to thoroughly and their efforts paid off when five amongst the gang were apprehended in the bush.
“The victim of the attack have identified all the arrested suspects while the sixth one is being hunted for.
“Recovered from them are: one Cutlass, two sharp pointed cudgels and assorted dangerous charms,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
He also directed an extensive routine patrol across the state so as to assure members of the public that police in the state are on ground to ensure their safety.
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