Four men suspected to be the armed criminals who robbed the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Crawford’s University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Professor Rotimi Ajayi have been arrested by the Ogun State police.
Ajayi was robbed of his Toyota Highlander Jeep, five phones, an IPAD and some unspecified sum of money along the Atan-Igbesa road on the January 27, 2017.
The Police Command’s Spokesman, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement on Monday in Abeokuta said the police had been on the trail of the suspects since the incident was reported.
He said: “Their effort paid off when the operatives received a vital information about their (suspects) hide-out in Seme border, the place was stormed and the robbers engaged the team in gun duel which lasted for about an hour.
“At the end of the encounter, four of them, Adewale Rasaq, 27, Keneth Ohimai, 38, Segun Idike, 19 and Hassan Mussa, 25 were arrested. The fifth one, Joseph Housus who escaped with gun wounds was later arrested at Ajase in Benin Republic where he went for treatment. Effort is on to extradite him back to Nigeria”.
Oyeyemi said four pump action guns, one locally made pistol and 30 live cartridges were recovered from them.
“On interrogation, they confessed being the syndicate that robbed the V.C. and that the Toyota Jeep had 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”, he disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu has commended the gallantry display of the policemen who carried out the exercise and advised them not to rest on their oars until the state is rid off crime and criminality.
He equally appealed, to the members of the Public not to relent on their efforts in giving necessary information to the police “in order to have crime free society”.