Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five men for robbing a company in Sango Ota, Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The spokesman of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on September 19, 2023.
He gave the names of the suspects as Umar Haruna, Abbah Yahaya, Muritala Umar, Wale Fadeyi and Segun Olofinmade.
He said the were arrested following a distress call received by policemen at Sango Divisional Police Headquarters at about 12:30am that a group of armed robbers, numbering about 10, and armed with cutlasses, had forcefully gained entrance into Balita Company and packing away motor engines, which the company is selling.
Upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Sango Division, SP Saleh Dahiru, mobilised his men and moved into the area.
On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums, who came with a Mitsubishi Canter bus with registration number LSR 414 YF, took to their heels, but they were chased and five amongst them were apprehended while others escaped.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the robbery incident was masterminded by a former Chief Security officer of the company who was relieved of his duty about three months ago.
The said former Chief Security Officer is on the run, Oyeyemi said.
Recovered from them were a Mitsubishi Canter bus loaded with 10 motor engines and cutlasses.
The Command’s Commissioner, CP Lanre Bankole, has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
Bankole equally ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing former Chief Security Officer with the view to bringing him to justice.