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Police defeat and arrest Herbalist, five other men for armed robbery in Ogun State (Pictures)

A herbalist and five other suspected armed robbers have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command. 



The suspects identified as Sukanmi Ogundimu, Tosin Adebanjo, Toheeb Ogundare, Ahmed Oloyede, Emmanuel Ogunshina aka Emma SARS and Adebisi Remilekun, were accused of launching a midnight attack against one Alfa Rifhat Ashraf, who was injured and left with machete cuts.



Ogun State's police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident said the suspects committed the crime on January 21, 2020 at No 1, Akorede Estate, Olomoore behind Crescent University, Abeokuta. They reportedly dispossessed Ashraf and his wife of five different types of mobile phones, one laptop, N60,000 and other valuables.



The suspects were arrested after being identified by their victims who filed a complaint with the police. 



Oyeyemi said; 



 “The suspects, according to the victims, invaded their house in the midnight, armed with cutlass, and inflicted various degrees of injury on Alfa Rifhat Ashraf after which they dispossessed him and his wife of five different types of handsets, one laptop, cash sum of N60,000 and other valuables.

“On receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police gave a marching order to the DPO, Lafenwa Division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, to go after the hoodlums and bring them to justice.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO and his operatives commenced intelligence and technical investigation of the case which led to the arrest of one member of the gang.

“The arrested gang member led the operatives to the house of a herbalist at Olomoore area of Abeokuta which serves as hideout to the gang.

“On getting there, the place was cordoned off but surprisingly the hoodlums attacked the police with cutlass, consequent upon which one of them was shot, and five others arrested, along with the herbalist.

“Recovered from them are: one laptop, five different types of handsets, one cutlass and charms. The gang leader, who is popularly known as ‘AK,’ escaped and a serious manhunt has been launched to effect his arrest.”



The police spokesperson also revealed that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for discreet investigation.