22nd July, 2010
Three members of a robbery gang that killed a man in Ikorodu at the weekend during a robbery operation have been arrested by policemen attached to the Sagamu Road Division of the Nigeria Police, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
The suspects confessed that the gang killedÂ the Ikorodu resident during the robbery operation.
The police identified the three suspects as Segun Falodun, 28 (leader of the gang), Ilesanmi Oluwaseun, 22; and Jamiu Akinsanya, 18.
The suspects also identified the man whoÂ fired the fatal shot that killed their victim as Ojo, who is currently on the run.
The suspects confessed that they had operated in four locations, including Ondo State where they attacked an inter state transit bus and dispossessed travellers of their money and handsets.
Their second operation took place in Ogijo, near Ikorodu, where they robbed residents of a particular house.
They confessed that their third operation took place at Eyita area of Ikorodu, where they allegedly dispossessed their victims of N20,000.
They confessed that their fourth and final robbery escapade took place in Odo Kekere on Saturday where they killed a resident.
All the suspects, P.M.NEWS gathered, live in Ogijo.
The robbery suspects said they bought their arms from a man they identified as ‘China’ who used to meet them at Sagamu. ‘China’, they claimed, sold a gun to them for N25,000.
Three guns were recovered from the suspects when they were arrested on Saturday.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the Sagamu Police Division who led his men to the robbers hideout, Mr. Ukadike Obi, declined comment on the arrest.
A source at the station, however, informed P.M.NEWS that after Saturdayâ€™s robbery incident at Odo Kekere, police got a tip off on the hideout of the suspects and the DPO led his men to arrest them.
The source appealed to members of the public to feel free and approach the police with information that could lead to the arrest of criminals. â€œRobbers and other criminals are not ghosts, they are human beings, who live among the people,â€ he added.
The source confirmed that the three suspects would be charged to court soon while a manhunt is on for the one who escaped.
â€”DeboÂ Â Adejayan