Police arrest suspected armed robber along Lagos-Ibadan expressway with snatched vehicle

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a member of an armed robbery gang, Alo Monday along Sagamu inter-change of Lagos-Ibadan having snatched a Toyota Cammry car after hitting the motorist with sledge hammer on the head

Penpushing reports that, the Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi made this known on Sunday in a statement, adding that the suspect an indigene of Ebonyi state was arrested following a distress call received by police at Shagamu Division.

The police spokesman said the distress call at about 8: 30 pm informed that armed robbers were operating along Shagamu/ Ikenne road, adding that, upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Okiki Agunbiade mobilized his patrol team and moved to the scene.

‘ On sighting the policemen, the robbers quickly jumped into an already snatched unregistered Toyota Camry also known as “muscle” and started driving towards Lagos/Shagamu interchange’, he said.

‘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’, Oyeyemi said.

‘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’, he added.

‘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 was smuggled out of the place by the police who took him to the hospital for treatment’.

Penpushing further reports that, Oyeyemi said the owner of snatched car who sustained head injury inflicted on him with the sledge hammer was also taken to the hospital by the police, adding that the Commissioner of Police Edward  Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

Meanwhile, the commissioner 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

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