Friday 12 May 2023

Police kill leader of robbery gang ‘responsible for death of officer’ in Oyo

The Oyo police command says its officers have killed the leader of a suspected armed robbery gang who allegedly killed an officer recently.

Adewale Osifeso, Oyo police spokesperson, said the incident took place while the operatives were on the trail of suspected members of the gang.

Osifeso spoke while parading the suspects arrested during the operation at the command’s headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo capital, on Friday.

The suspects were said to have killed Ogunleye Daniel, a police officer, at his residence in Ori-Agogo, Odo-Ona Kekere area of Ibadan in April.

Osifeso said the suspected armed robbers, numbering five, invaded the area at about 1am, robbing several residents of their belongings.

He said during the robbery operation, the suspects killed Daniel, who was serving at the state CID in Iyaganku, after robbing him and other members of his family.

“Consequently, detectives from the state criminal investigations department’s anti- robbery section immediately swung into action and tracked the suspects, using a mobile phone found at the scene of the crime,” he added.

“Three suspects, including their spiritual healer, were arrested, while their gang leader, popularly known as Ogun, who allegedly shot and killed the deceased officer, was neutralised at an encounter with police operatives during their trail.”

Osifeso said the suspects, during interrogation, voluntarily confession to the crimes and revealed who received the stolen goods from them.

He said the person was tracked and arrested at the Oranyan area of Ibadan.

Osifeso listed the items found with the suspects as two Samsung phones, a 1999 model Hyundai Elantra vehicle and a cut-to-size locally-made barrel, two wristwatches, two wedding bands, herbal concoction as well as gold and criminal charms.

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