Monday, October 22, 2012
Robbers Kill 5 Policemen In Ogun
The two separate incidents happened in the wee hours of yesterday during robbery operations
BY FUNSO AJEWOLE/DAILY TIMES NIGERIA
Armed robbers, yesterday killed five policemen in two separate attacks in Abeokuta and Ibafo, both in Ogun state.
ASP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police spokesperson in Ogun state said that the shootings occurred in the early hours of the day.
Adejobi added that the police had arrested a member of one of the gangs, and said that the suspect had made a confessional statement.
He said that three policemen died in the Abeokuta incident, while two were killed in Ibafo. Both incidents happening during rescue operations when the policemen, attached to the Gateway Response Squad (GRS), received calls on robbery attacks and rushed to the scene only to be shot at by the suspected robbers.
"The GRS men went to the place and the armed men, who we believe are professionals, laid ambush for them," Adejobi said. "They positioned themselves strategically; bullets were coming from various angles, an indication that they must have positioned themselves very well. The men were attacked and we lost three of them, two died instantly and one died on the way to the hospital. We have a suspect now because when they left, they followed Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway, going back to Lagos with a Jeep they snatched for operation."
He said that the robbers ran out of petrol and asked the suspect to go and get more petrol before he was nabbed by policemen based on information from the area.
"He has confessed to being a member of the gang and we are going to work on this one to get all of them," he said.
Adejobi also confirmed that two other policemen attached to Ibafo division were killed by robbers when they were trying to foil an attack on a petrol station.