Police have arrested four suspected armed robbers who attacked the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Prof Rotimi Ajayi. Four pump action guns, one locally- made pistol and 30 live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
The bandits had on January 27 attacked Ajayi on Atan-Igbesa Road and dispossessed him of his Toyota Highlander ‘Jeep,’ five mobile phones, an iPad and cash.
The suspects were said to have escaped to their hideout at Seme border, a settlement on the Nigeria-Benin Republic border. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) stormed their hideout at Seme.
He gave the names of the suspects as Adewale Rasaq (27), Keneth Ohimai (38), Segun Idike (19) and Hassan Mussa (25). Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), disclosed that the police had been on the trail of the suspects. He added that the robbers engaged the security team in gun duel, which lasted for about an hour.
The police spokesman said the fifth suspect, Joseph Housus, who escaped with gunshot wounds, was later arrested at Ajase in Benin Republic where he went for treatment.
Oyeyemi, however, stated that effort was ongoing to extradite the suspect back to Nigeria. He said: “On interrogation, they confessed being the syndicate that robbed the VC and that the Toyota Jeep has been sold off in Republic of Benin.
“We are working in conjunction with the security agents in Benin Republic for possible recovery of the vehicle.”
The PPRO stated that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had commended the gallantry displayed by the FSARS men and advised them not to rest on their oars until the state was rid of crime and criminality.
Iliyasu also appealed to the members of the public not to relent on their efforts in giving necessary information to the police towards having a crime-free society.