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No fewer than seven armed robbers who specialised in robbing travelers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in military uniforms have been paraded in Ogun state .
The suspected robbers who were paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun on Tuesday, at the command’s Headquarters , Eleweran, Abeokuta, were ; Ikechukwu Alore , Ifeanyi Emmanuel , Chinbueze Kingsley , Obiora Michael , Elias John , Vincent Magnus and Chigozie Michael.
The Commissioner of Police Ajogun said the seven fake soldiers were arrested in Lagos and Sagamu after a failed operation on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
While parading the suspects , the CP said the suspects who were members of a gang had operated at Ijebu-Ife around 2;30am on September 4, in military camouflage uniforms.
Ajogun said the gang members had engaged his men in a gun battle which led to the death of one of them while seven others escaped with bullet wounds.
He said , operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad led by CSP Muhammad Tijani through a painstaking investigation fished out the fleeing suspects from their different hideouts within and outside the state
Ajogun said while Alore , Ifeanyi , Kingsley ,Michael ,John and Magnus were arrested at different locations in Lagos ,the remaining one , Chigozie Michael was apprehended in Sagamu, Ogun state.
He said “ the gang leader , Obiora Michael, who sustained bullet wounds in his abdomen , right hand and thigh , during the encounter with the SARS operatives , was traced to his home in Ajangbadi area of Lagos state on September 17, where his wife was treating him, having lied to her that he sustained the injuries in a road accident .”
The Police boss explained that three sets of military camouflage uniforms and imitation guns wrapped in black cello tapes used by the gang members were recovered .
He said other items recovered from them include ; one military vest , one military nose mask, one Army head warmer , and one military camouflage bag .
Ajogun however , presented a cash sum of N100,000 to the SARS operatives for fishing out all the remaining gang members including the one who escaped with bullet wounds .
He said “Note that you are receiving the carrot today,please avoid the stick tomorrow by sticking to professionalism and excellence in every of your outings .
The Police commissioner lauded the Inspector General of police , Muhammed Adamu and the state governor , Dapo Abiodun for providing logistics and enabling environment to curb crimes and criminalities in the state.
While speaking with journalists , the gang leader said he had been in the operation for 13 years to feed his family .
He said he and his gang members robbed passengers of a bus on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and found a bag containing the military uniforms.
He said “ we robbed a bus and took a bag . When we opened it , we saw the military uniforms and we started using them for our operation.”