TWO weeks after a six-man armed robbery gang raided three banks in Ile-Ife, in which
over 24 victims were shot dead, while nothing less than 54 persons sustained gunshot injuries, police authority in Osun state has arrested another two suspects, who were allegedly involved in the bank robbery.
The police had earlier paraded three armed robbery suspects arrested at the scene of the dastard event, while one Taofeeq Mustapha lost his life to a gun duel that ensued between his gang, members of Ile- Ife vigilante groups and men of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
Sources at the State Police Headquarters, Oke-Fia, Osogbo, the state capital, disclosed that the new by arrested robbers were apprehended following disclosures from those arrested on December 15, 2008.
The police source revealed that the two armed robbery suspects were arrested last week Wednesday and Thursday in Ibadan in connection with the Ife bank robberies.
Among the three paraded suspects was a bricklayer, Julius Adewuyi, who confessed to the crime and revealed that the gang specialized on bank robbery.
Adewuyi disclosed to the police that the six-man armed robbery gangs was responsible for the recent bank raids and killing of policemen in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
He also revealed that at the end of bank raid in Ibadan, he was given N500,000, as his from the loots.
A public school teacher, Mr. Babatunde Babalola, who claimed to be an economics teacher at Aiyedun Grammar school, Labata town in , Ife- South Local Government Council Area of the state, was also paraded in connection with the bank raid.
Babalola maintained that he was not an armed robber but a teacher, revealing that he was arrested for trying to steal from the loot of the armed robbers in the boot of their jeep vehicle.
However Adewuyi faulted the claim of Babalola, saying that he (Babalola) was among the robbers that raided some banks in Ife, stressing that Babalola was the one that stuffed guns in the seat of an 18 seaters bus they used for the operation.
Also a trader from the ancient town, who witnessed the raid inform the police that she saw Babalola amidst the armed robbers during the operation.
The woman, who claimed anonymity, said she saw the picture of Babalola in a news paper and recollected that he was among those robbers that unleashed terror on the banks and residents of Ile-Ife, thus went to the police to made her statement.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joshua Olayemi, disclosed that the police recovered a small bag containing cocaine, 1,400 rounds of ammunition and 13 magazines, 120 ATM card and N200,000.
Other items recovered from the suspected armed robbers were, five British Pounds, 162 American dollars, one mobile phone, 500 different identity cards and the 18-seater bus, while three suspects escaped with the loot in a jeep, despite sustaining gunshot injuries.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that a policeman, a native doctor and two madmen including 21 residents of the ancient town were hit by stray bullets, which later claimed their lives during the gun duel.
By ISMAIL USMAN