By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
Three notorious armed robbery gang who specializes in terrorizing the people of Oke-Baale in Osogbo, Osun State, were on Friday shot dead by the police.
The robbers were killed by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad led by DSP Adekunle Omoyele.
It was learnt that at about 7 pm the gang had attacked the people of the area and the police patrol vehicle was dispatched to the area following distressed calls.
Some of the victims of robbers Adeosun Kolapo ‘F’ (39), Kareem Adebayo ‘M’ (35) and Owolabi Mohammed ‘M’ (25) sustained various degrees of injuries after they were robbed of their personal belongings at different locations.
The robbers were immediately given a hot chase and in the process they abandoned the Toyota Camry car with registration number LND 847 AJ golden color they snatched and fled into the bush.
However, as policemen were combing the bush, they noticed an oncoming bus and a Lexus car trying to maneuver behind the bus being waved down by the SARS men for a thorough search. In the process, the robbers Lexus car fired sporadically at the Police as they made an attempt to overtake the bus for possible escape.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs. Folasade Odoro (DSP), who confirmed the incident, said the robbers were pursued by the police to a place close to Egbeda where they engaged the team in a shootout.
During the gun duel, three of the bandits received bullet wounds and died while others who escaped with their arms had bullet wounds.
The police recovered the following items from the car- digger, knife, blackberry, assorted phones, laptop, criminal charms, male underwears, stabilizer, N36,000.00 (thirty six thousand naira) rough naira notes, a driver’s licence belonging to the female victim, 3 ATM cards, one cut to size double barrel gun with 7 life cartridges and 5 expended cartridges.
Also, the lifeless bodies of the robbers had been identified by the victims. Odoro urged the residents of the state to report anybody found with bullet wounds to the nearest police station for necessary action.
She urged the people to make their distressed calls promptly saying the police are ever determined to respond rapidly.