Three members of a notorious armed robbery gang that specialise in terrorising the people of Oke-Baale in Osogbo, Osun State were in the early hours of yesterday shot dead by the police.
The robbers were killed by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
The gang attacked the people of the area and following a distress call, a police team was dispatched to the area.
Some victims of the gang, Adeosun Kolapo ‘f’ (39), Kareem Adebayo ‘m’ (35) and Owolabi Mohammed ‘m’ (25) sustained various degrees of injury after they were robbed of their personal belongings at different locations.
The robbers were immediately given a hot chase as they abandoned a golden colour Toyota Camry car with registration number, LND 847 AJ they snatched from one of their victims and fled into the bush.
However, as policemen combed the bush they noticed an oncoming bus and a Lexus car trying to maneuver behind the bus. The men of the Osun Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, tried to wave down the car for a thorough search and in the process the robbers, whose gang members were in the Lexus car fired sporadically at the Police as they made an attempt to overtake the bus for possible escape.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mrs. Folasade Odoro (DSP) who confirmed the incident, said that the robbers were pursued by the police to a place close to Egbeda where they engaged the team in a gun duel.
During the shootout three of the bandits died while others who escaped with their arms sustained bullet wounds.
The police recovered the following items from the car, digger, knife, blackberry, assorted phones, laptop, criminal charms, male under wears, stabiliser, 36,000.00 (thirty six thousand naira only), rough naira notes, a driver’s licence belonging to a female victim, 3 ATM cards, one cut to size double barrel gun with 7 life cartridges and 5 expended cartridges.
Odoro however urged the resident of the state to report anybody with bullet wounds to the nearest police station for necessary action.
She also enjoined the people to make their distressed calls promptly, saying the police are ever determined to respond promptly.

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