Three members of a suspected armed robbery gang terrorizing polytechnic students in Ode Remo and Ipara communities have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command.
It will be recalled that armed robbers invaded Ode Remo, where they r*ped some female students of Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade, who stay in off-campus hostels and dispossessed them of their belongings.
In reaction, students of the institution stormed the campus displaying placards to protest the attack on their fellow students.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Omolola Odutola, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, said the suspects denied involvement in the attack but a victim identified one of them.
“The Ogun State Police Command has made significant progress in apprehending suspected armed robbers and recovering firearm and ammunition from three armed men, that have invaded Ode Remo, and Ipara, raping female students, and continued terrorizing the tertiary institution within that area,” the statement read.
“The suspects at first denied it, but a victim of their last robbery operation identified one out of the three-man gang of young men, terrorizing Gateway Polytechnic.
“Following a security summit organized by the Commissioner of Police, CP ALAMUTU ABIODUN MUSTAPHA psc, in response to recent shooting incidents at Gateway Polytechnic, a proactive operation was conducted based on intelligence.
“On the 27th of November 2023, the Police, in collaboration with other security agencies, implemented a stop and search operation in Ode Remo and Ipara area.
“During the operation, a gang of three suspected armed young men were intercepted on a motorcycle. The suspects attempted to evade arrest by resorting to violent means to escape but were eventually apprehended.
“The suspects arrested have been profiled as Taiwo Oredoyin ‘M’ (27 years old), Taiwo Kuti ‘M’ (35 years old), and Folorunsho Saheed ‘M’ (36 years old), all belonging to Isara town in Ogun State. Upon conducting a search on them, police officers discovered one locally fabricated pistol with two live cartridges, as well as two Samsung phones, in their possessions.
“The arrested suspects are currently undergoing interrogation as part of the preliminary investigation. Upon completion of this phase, they will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for a more in-depth and discreet investigation.”