A fire fight between operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and a gang of cross-border bandits in Abeokuta in Ogun State, on Thursday, May 31, 2018, ended in favour of the Nigerian security officers, as a member of the syndicate was killed by the police while others scampered for safety in different directions.
It was gathered that the hoodlums were heading towards neighboring Benin Republic, when they ran into a brick wall of FSARS operatives stationed at Sango-Idiroko Road. The team of SARS operatives, attached to Sango-Otta area and led by Supol Bawa Sanni, had received an order from their boss, DSP Uba Adams, as directed by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, to track down the bandits who had earlier snatched a Lexus 350 Jeep at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta, the state capital.
However the armed robbers who wanted to escape by all means, opened fire on the policemen, who however overpowered them. An injured member of the gang was taken to the State Hospital Ijaye, Abeokuta where he finally gave up the ghost. His corpse was consequently deposited at the hospital’s mogue.
A snatched jeep and an AK 47 rifle, as well as 13 live ammunition was recovered from the robbers. The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who expressed his delight with the performance of his men, also ordered a serious manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang. The Police Boss also assured residents of the state to always alert the police on time whenever any crime is being committed in their area to enable the police respond as quickly as possible.
Few weeks ago, it was also reported that one suspected armed robber was killed and another seriously wounded, as a three-man armed robbery gang engaged the police in a gun duel in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.