AMOTEKUN ARREST SUSPECTED HIGHWAY ROBBER IN ONDO, RESCUE 17 VICTIMS
Amotekun operatives in Ondo State have arrested a suspected leader of a highway robbery gang at the Ifira-Akoko axis of Akoko South East Local Government Area of the State.
The security personnel arrested the suspect after engaging the criminals in a gun battle while also rescuing the passengers of a 17-seater bus that was attacked along the Ifira-Akoko axis.
It was said that the assailants ambushed the victims' vehicle while it was commuting from Abuja to Lagos and ordered the driver to drive the bus into the bush
Residents in the area alerted the Amotekun operatives, who swung into action and engaged the criminals.
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, Amotekun Chairman in the State, confirmed the development and said; “18 passenger bus was waylaid and led into the bush along Ifira-Akoko on January 11, 2022. We were reliably informed that the vehicle was attacked just outside Ifira-Akoko on which was on its way to Abuja.
"After a pursuit, we found out that the vehicle veered into the bush and men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency followed them into the bush and at the end of the day, when we caught up with the robbers they opened fire on our men and thereafter, we were able to apprehend two of them.
“One of the armed robbers was angry with the other one for leaving a trace and fired his colleagues in the thigh. We knew he was trying to conceal some facts and our men quickly rushed the injured one to a nearby hospital but gave up the ghost. The ring leader and the accomplice of the robbery gang were apprehended.
“We were able to retrieve the bus with registration number FKJ 430 XV as well as the belongings of the victims. We also gave first aid to all the victims, 17 of them and we will ensure that they continue their journey back to Abuja safely.”