By Evelyn Usman & Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS â€” Eighteen suspected members of a notorious robbery gang said to have been responsible for the recentÂ attack and death of three policemen among whom was the officer in-charge of the Ekiti State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), have been arrested, with the gangâ€™s ring leader still at large.
The arrested suspects, said to have been on the Police wanted list for long,Â owing to their allegedÂ incessant robbery attacks across the country, were paraded before newsmen yesterday at the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad â€˜Dâ€™ Department of the Force Annex, Adeniji Adele, Lagos.
Among them, were two women alleged to be godmothers of the syndicate as well its armourers and receivers of stolen items.
Recovered from the suspects, according to the Commissioner of Police in-charge of Federal SARS, Mr Jubril Adeniji, wereÂ two military Baretta pistol with 10 rounds of live ammunition, three double barrel Awka-made short guns with six live cartridges, one locally made pistol with one cut-to-size single barrel gun, three pump action riffles with 12 rounds of cartridges and nine vehicles.
Recalling with agony how the suspects killed three policemen recently in Ekiti, Adeniji assured of the squadâ€™sÂ continued trail of the gang leader, one Charles Ovie Ojo
On how they were arrested, he said: â€œOne of them, Ibrahim Olaosebikan, was arrested at an eatery in Abule-Egba, LagosÂ following a tip-off. On interrogation, he confessed to belong to a robbery gang that spread across the country and thereafter led operatives to Ibadan where two military pistols with 10 rounds of live ammunition in his possession were recovered.
He further named his gang members and hideouts, leading to the arrest of a total of 10 members of the vicious syndicate and some stolen cars.â€
The squad boss who noted that since the apprehension of the suspects, robberies in Akure metropolis Ado-Ekiti and Ibadan had reduced drastically, said during interrogation, the suspects confessed to series of robbery attacks in Ado-Ekiti, Akure metropolis and Ibadan.