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Three Fulani teenagers have been apprehended by men of Ogun state police command for highway robbery on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at Alapako area in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Ares of the state.
The suspects – Uzefa Idris (19), Adamu Yakubu (18) and Ayuba Buhari (17), were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer Owode Egba division, SP Mathew Ediae.
The teenagers who had reportedly dispossessed a passenger of her 545,000 and phone also beat the driver blueblack before they were arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemiwho disclosed this on Sunday, in a statement,said the DPO got an information that a Mazda bus had been forcefully stopped on the highway by a gang of armed robbers and the occupants were being dispossessed of their belongings.
The PPRO said “upon the distress call, the DPO Owode Egba, SP Mathew Ediae quickly led his Anti Robbery team to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but, were chased into the bush where three amongst them were apprehended.”
Oyeyemi explained that the driver of the bus, Zacheaus Olaniyi and a passenger were rescued from the robbers .
He said the police were able to recover N545,000 and one itel phone belonging to the passenger , Oluwakemi Oyegade .
The Police spokesperson said “the two victims narrated that the hoodlums jumped on the road from the bush and forcefully stopped the vehicle consequent upon which they started beating them with matchet before dispossessing them of their valuables.
“Recovered from the arrested ones are: the sum of N99,700 and one itel phone.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered immediate transfer of the suspects to Special Anti-Robbery Squad for discreet investigation and prosecution.