Robbers who attacked Ogun worshippers during vigil arrested

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Robbers who attacked Ogun worshippers during vigil arrested

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five suspected armed robbers, who attacked members of a church after beating them to a stupor and kidnapped one of the worshippers.

The robbers reportedly invaded the Christ Apostolic Church in the Gudugbe Alagbon area of Wasimi, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi noted that the suspects, Abubakar Ibrahim, 38; Sulaiman Yusuf, 32; Ismail Yusuf, 20; Umar Aliu, 26; and Yinusa Musa, were arrested on Thursday.

The PPRO added that they were arrested the same day they robbed the church members following a distress call made by the shepherd in charge of the church, Seye Obisesan.

According to Oyeyemi, the shepherd told the police that his church was invaded around 1.30am by six men, who were armed with weapons and who attacked the church members.

He said, “The hoodlums beat some members of the church to a stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables.

“As if that was not enough, the hoodlums abducted one Mrs Mojisola Atolagbe, while leaving the church.

“Upon the distress call, policemen attached to the Ewekoro Division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest thoroughly , where the hoodlums escaped to, and their efforts paid off when five among the gang members were apprehended in the bush.

“The victims of the attack have identified all the arrested suspects, while the sixth one is being hunted down.”

The PPRO added that weapons such as a cutlass, two sharp pointed cudgels and assorted charms were recovered from the suspect.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police also directed an extensive patrol of the state so as to assure members of the public that the police were on the ground to ensure their safety.

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