Police, Robbers Clash

• One Dead, 2 Injured

THE police authorities in Osun State on Friday killed an armed robbery suspect in a gun duel that lasted for 30 minutes at Kola Balogun area of Osogbo, the state capital.

An impeccable police source, who craved anonymity, disclosed that two accomplices of the late armed robbery suspect fled with gun shot wounds inflicted on them by the anti-crime patrol team from Dugbe Police Station.

According to the source, the suspected armed robbers had laid siege on the Kola Balogun Street at about 11:30pm of Thursday.

He stressed further that the suspects burgled DOF Supermarket, opposite Presidential Hotel, located in the area, adding that they also disposed some residents of their possessions.

It was gathered that the residents of the area, who sensed something was amiss called the police authorities to save their lives, when the operation was still on.

The reliable police source added that when the police arrived at the scene, the bandits opened fire on them, which resulted into a gun-battle between the police and the dare-devil armed robbery suspects.

“At last, police were able to gun down one of the bandits, while the others fled with gun wounds,” said the police source.

The wounded suspect was rushed to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, in order to save his life and help the police in arresting the others, the source added, but the police efforts to save the suspect’s life proved futile as the suspect eventually gave up the ghost before medical help could be rendered.

According to the police source, a dane-guni, cartridges, handsets, jewelries and the sum of N170,000 were recovered from the suspects.

He, however, disclosed that the police were investigating some phone numbers contained in the late suspect’s mobile phone, adding that very soon, the police will apprehend the other suspects.

All efforts by OSUN DEFENDER to confirm the information from the Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Mr Joshua Olayemi, proved abortive, as he was not around in his office and his phone was switched off.

The remains of the suspect have since been deposited at the LAUTECH mortuary. It wouldl be recalled that few days ago, some armed robbers reportedly laid siege on Ayetoro Street, while they burgled Boorepo supermarket in the area.

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