4 Armed robbers die in Car Crash after operation in Ondo (Graphic Photo)

January 25, 2015 3:16 pm
The death of four armed robbery suspects while being trailed by officers
of the Ondo State Police Command still remains a puzzle. The suspects
had died in an auto crash after men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad
(SARS) gave them a hot chase while trying to escape from a robbery scene
in Akure, the state capital.

The police also arrested 40 other suspects for different offences and
paraded them at the command headquarters, Igbatoro Road, Akure.
Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, said the four deceased robbers lost
their lives after his men gave the criminals a hot chase which led to a
fatal accident around 4.0am.
He explained that the robbers lost control of their vehicle with
registration number 11/260FG and crashed it on the fence of a church
along Idanre, Oke-Aro in Akure.
According to Sunday Sun  ..he
noted that the police took to action when the criminals opened fire on
his men who were on patrol on Idanre Road, stressing that they snatched
and destroyed a police pump action.

One of the victims of the deceased, Olu­mide Michael, said he and his
brother were on their way to Port Harcourt when they were kidnapped:
“Those dead criminals pretended to us that they were security
op­eratives and that we were driving a tainted car, vowing to take us to
the nearest police station.

“They took over my brother’s car and drove towards Ifon in Ose Local
Gov­ernment. When we got to Ifon, we were expecting them to drive us
straight to the station because as at that time, they had also
apprehended five other people but they passed the front of the station
and drove straight to a forest.
“When we got to the place, they
brought out their guns. They asked my brother how much he had in his
bank account and if he was with his ATM card. My brother confessed that
he had about N500, 000 in his account.

“They immediately changed the
num­ber plate of my brother’s cars with other vehicles they had snatched
to a police and Federal Government number plate. They drove towards Owo
Road through the for­est.
“When we got to an unknown place, they
called one man on phone that they’re going for an operation and that
they would need police uniform.

“Before going for the operation around 4.a.m, they tied five of us to a
tree, while two of us where taken away by one of them to an unknown
place. We were rescued by farmers who were passing the route to the farm
when we shouted on top of our voices.
“We ran to a nearby police
station to report the incident. The D.P.O called us later that he had
been informed that some sus­pected criminals had been arrested. Getting
to the Police Command, we discovered that they were all dead and we
identified them.”

The PC disclosed that two AK 47 rifles with number 26182 belonging to
Okuta- Elerinla Division carted away by the dead criminals were
recovered. Others items were N160,000, 126 live ammunition, three
magazines, 21 handsets, two number plates (Edo State), substances
suspected to be dynamite and charms.
Six additional suspected robbers, 32 cult­ists, and two people for unlawful possession of human skull were paraded.

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