Three suspects out of the 13-man armed robbery gang that attempted to rob an old generation bank in Ajao Estate, Lagos at the weekend have been arrested by the Lagos State police command.
Members of the state’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested one 27-year-old Olubode Mudashiru, Gbenga Joseph, 48-years old, and 28-year-old Tunji Bamidele with assorted arms and ammunition.
SARS men, led by their commander, Mr. Abba Kyari, a Superintendent of police recovered three AK 47 rifles, nine AK 47 Magazines fully loaded and three locally made double barrel pistols.
Other items recovered from the suspects who were paraded by the Lagos State police boss, Mr. Umar Manko were 65 live cartridges, Toyota Sienna with registration no KJA 280 BD and a Nissan Sunny Saloon Car with registration no DF 102 KTU.
According to Manko: “We got information that the suspects numbering 13 were coming to rob UBA, Ajao Estate branch.
The information disclosed that they were coming through Ogun State, so we set up our dragnet and waited for them that fateful day of March 8, 2013. A team of crack detectives led by Kyari laid ambush at Abule-Egba junction along Lagos /Abeokuta Expressway where the armed robbers were intercepted.
After exchange of gun battle with the hoodlums, seven of the suspected robbers were fatally wounded while two others one Olubode Mudashiru, 27years, and Gbenga Joseph, 48years, were arrested with bullet wounds.
Acting on a tip-off, the Commander in charge of SARS, Kyari immediately deployed a crack team of policemen who were told that the gang members at large lodged at Olak Hotel, Meiran area of Lagos.
The suspects were said to have opened fire on the policemen on sighting them.
An innocent passer-by was said to have been hit by the robbers’ bullets and he died instantly.
The Guardian gathered that during the gun battle, human and vehicular movement were halted as commuters ran for their dear lives to prevent being hit by stray bullets.
When contacted on telephone, the spokesperson of the Lagos State police command, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident, saying that two operational vehicles of the robbers were also recovered.