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Shootout: Six robbers killed in Ogun, Taraba



Shootout: Six robbers  killed in Ogun, Taraba


Six suspected robbers have been shot dead in shooting encounters with police in Ogun and Taraba states.
In the first encounter, police in Ogun State killed three suspected armed robbers after they attacked a female trader at Fidiwo area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The bandits attacked a popular bush meat seller, Jumoke Ogunbade, who had gone to the area to meet her bush meat supplier.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the suspects were members of an armed robbery gang.
He disclosed that one locally-made single-barrelled gun, one short double-barrelled gun, one single-barrelled muzzle-loading gun and one live cartridge were recovered from the armed robbers.
The police spokesman also stated that a wristwatch belonging to the victim and cash of N10,220 were recovered from the suspects.
He said: “The three suspects were shot dead following a distress call received by the policemen attached to Owode Egba Division that robbers were attacking Jumoke Ogunbade, a popular bush meat seller, who have gone to the area to meet her bush meat supplier.”
In the second encounter, operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Taraba State Police Command, gunned down three suspected armed robbers.
The incident was said to have occurred on September 21, about 5.30a.m., on Bali-Garbabi Road. The three men and others now at large, allegedly robbed some victims while on their way to the market.
It was learnt that one of the victims was able to alert policemen, who raced to the scene and engaged the robbers in a gun battle.
In the ensuing gun duel, three of the armed robbers were shot dead while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
The state Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, said that a locally-fabricated Brownie pistol with seven rounds of .75mm ammunition and charms were recovered from the suspects.
Members of the armed group have been operating along this axis particularly on market days and have been on the command’s radar until they met their waterloo.
“Members of the public are enjoined to watch out for people with gunshot injuries and report immediately to the nearest police station,” the commissioner said.

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