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An irate mob reportedly hijacked a suspected armed robber Alo Monday from Policemen and beat him to stupor.
Monday, an indigene of Ebonyi state was one of the members of an armed robbery gang that snatched a vehicle on the Sagamu/ Ikenne road.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this on Sunday in a statement .
Oyeyemi said Monday, was arrested following a distress call received by police at Sagamu division at about 8: 30 pm that armed robbers were operating along Sagamu/ Ikenne road.
He said the robbers were however chased by men of the state police command and arrested one of them ,Alo Monday.
Monday reportedly hit the owner of the stolemn vehicle with a sledge hammer on the head.
He explained that upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer Sagamu division , Okiki Agunbiade mobilized his patrol team and moved to the scene.
According to him, on sighting the policemen, the robbers quickly jumped into an already snatched unregistered Toyota Camry also known as “muscle” and started driving towards Lagos/Sagamu interchange.
The PPRO said the combing exercise drew the attention of youths and commercial motorcyclists in the area who descended heavily on the suspect and beat him to stupor.
He added that the suspect was smuggled out of the place by the police who took him to the hospital for treatment.
He added “they were hotly chased by the policemen consequent upon which they abandoned the car and ran into the bush.
“The entire area was cordoned off by the policemen who combed the bush in search of the hoodlums.
“The effort paid off when one of the robbers Alo Monday was apprehended with a sledge hammer which he used to hit the owner of the car on the head before snatching the vehicle”
Oyeyemi said the owner of the snatched car who sustained head injury inflicted on him with the sledge hammer has been taken to the hospital by the police.
He said , the Commissioner of Police Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
The PPRO said the CP while commending the quick response of his men to distress call also directed that the fleeing members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice within the shortest possible period.