The Oyo State Police Command has arrested seven armed robbers terrorising Point of Sales Operators (POS) and travelers in Oyo town and its environs.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, said they had confessed to the crimes.
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He gave the names of the suspects as Ibrahim Olusola, Ismaila Afeez, Ibrahim Isiaka, Tijani Habeeb, Wasiu Salawu, Opeyemi Segun and Ibrahim Balogun.
The police spokesman further said one double barrel locally made gun, one live cartridge and a Mazda bus which they drove to commit crimes were recovered from the suspects.
He said: “Some members of a notorious armed robbery syndicate who have been terrorizing members of the public in Oyo town invaded the shop of one Abass Taiwo ‘m’ where he operates Mobile Banking Services and other business activities.
“The notorious hoodlums, who were armed to the teeth, attacked Abass Taiwo, dispossessing him of huge proceeds from his Point of Sale (POS) Machine, 10 different mobile phones belonging to his customers and some other valuable items at gunpoint.
“However, the victim immediately raised an alarm while the hoodlums were fleeing from the scene of crime, which caught the attention of the valiant operatives of the command’s monitoring unit who were on intelligence-led patrol in the area.
“Consequent upon the above, one of the robbers, who later identified himself as Ibrahim Olusola ‘m’, was apprehended.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and series of similar criminal activities he had masterminded with his fleeing syndicate members.
“He equally gave useful information which later led to the identification, tracking and eventual arrest of his criminal gang members from their various hideouts while the syndicate kingpin, Opeyemi Segun, aka Omo Jesu, was arrested in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.