28th March, 2012
An Edo state-based businessman and six students of the Institute of Management and Technology, Usen Edo State have been arrested for armed robbery.
The students who were arrested by a combine team of Iguobazuwa police division and men of Nigerian Vigilante Unit, Usen, were alleged to have been terrorizing the community for some time.
The suspects include Timi David, a businessman, Alex Oghile (ND 2, Petroleum Engineering); Ernest Oshiapi (ND 1, Business Administration); Kevin Olihia (ND 1, Estate management) and Adeleye odalamiwho is alleged to be in charge of weapons, and others whose names were not made available.
While narrating how the suspected armed robbers were arrested, Chairman of the Vigilante Unit, Chief Julius Obaterio said the gang struck at the home of one of the students of the Institute whom they allegedly beaten to a state of coma.
He said the motion was promptly reported to the vigilante group and the Iguobazuwa Division police station whose men laid siege on the gang.
Chief Obaterio also reveled that the gang had recently broken into several homes and stores in Usen.
Luck however ran out on the hoodlums yesterday when men of the Iguobazuwa police division responded to a distress call sent by a victim attacked by the suspects. They were engaged in a shoot out by the police and overpowered, resulting in the arrest of the suspects.
The Vigilante boss commended the gallantry of the policemen that engaged them.
The DPO of the Iguobazuwa police division, Lawrence Ehindero confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding that they would be transferred to the state police command headquarters in Benin for further investigations.