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Four notorious armed members have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command at Odogbolu junction along Sagamu – Ijebu-Ode Epressway at about 11.30pm on Thursday.

The suspects were Israel Adams, Opeyemi Okegbenro, Ali Chibike, and Patrick Nwandagba.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest of the suspects followed a distress call by members of the public that the hoodlums had blocked the highway and were dispossessing people of their belongings.

He said before their arrest, police report indicated that the robbers had succeeded in snatching a Lexus RX 330 sport utility vehicle with registration number KSF 509 CV from one their victims.

Oyeyemi said, “On receiving the distress call, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, ordered the officer in-charge of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Uba Adams, to go after the hoodlums and they moved swiftly to the scene. But on sighting the policemen, the robbers opened fire on them while the operatives also engaged them in a duel.”

He said at the end of the encounter, four members of the gang were arrested while others escaped into nearby bush.

The PPRO pointed out that the same gang had earlier on the same day attacked and shot one policeman, Oluwatobi Iwata, attached to Mobile Police 17 in Ondo State and one Samuel Olatunji, who later died on his way to the hospital.

He said items recovered from the suspects were one pump-action gun, two locally-made double-barreled pistols, four live cartridges and the SUV, adding that efforts were ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang.

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