Robbers in military camouflage engaged teams of policemen of the Ogun State Police Command in a shootout , at the early hours of this morning , leaving one of them dead.
The armed gang as gathered, blocked the Shagamu/ Benin expressway, between 2.15 am and 2.45 am. The armed robbers pretended to be security agents on duty, they stopped motorists who are night travellers with torchlght, only to dispossess them of cash and valuables.
Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the Ijebu-Ife division, CSP Raphael Ugbenyo, was said to have deployed his Anti Robbery team and a team of the Special Anti Robbery Squad(SARS) to the scene, upon receiving a distress call.
Spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, ”on sighting the policemen, the robbers engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, one of the hoodlums was shot dead while others escaped into the nearby bush with varying degrees of gun shot injuries”.
Recovered from the scene were : two mock guns, a cell phone, assorted charms and a torchlight.
Corpse of the suspect has been deposited in the mortuary, while effort is on to catch fleeing members of the gang.
Although, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, who praised his men for their courage, has directed thorough combing of the entire area, with a view to arresting the fleeing members.
The CP also appealed to the public especially hospitals, to alert the police of anyone with bullet injury in their area. He also repeated his earlier warning to criminals to steer clear of Ogun State, as the command is ready more than ever to take the battle to their door steps.