Relief may have come on the way of the students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State and other residents of the community, as fifteen suspected armed robbers, who had been terrorising the town were arrested last Saturday.
The vigilance group, who had been on surveillance for months, as a result of incessant armed robbery incidents, were reported to have arrested the suspects before handing them over to the police.
More than 20 live cartridges, a Toyota Sienna space bus, cutlasses, two bags loaded with charms, masks and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the gang of armed robbers after a gun battle with the vigilance group on Saturday morning.
The robbery suspects were reportedly caught at the scene of the robbery around RCM Primary School, Oke Padi, Iree, in their attempt to rob residents of the area shortly after midnight, after a tip-off by the people, who suspected the movement of the robbery gang.
Mr Olaniran Rasaq, a member of the vigilance group said: “around 11: 30. pm on Friday night, we got information that some young men arrived the area in a suspicious manner and we made necessary contacts to other members of the group in the area.
“Before we arrived at the place, they had dispersed into different locations inside a nearby bush, but we met their get-away vehicle and we laid an ambush for them and eventually, four of them were caught in their hideout, after they had engaged us in gun battle.
“The gun-battle alerted other residents, who had started shouting, which forced other members of the gang to come out from their individual hideouts after three hours of intensive search by our team.”
A resident of the area, who is also an eyewitness told OSUNDEFENDER that, ten members of the gang were arrested in the night, while other four members, who missed their ways in their attempts to escape, were arrested by the police team, who arrived at the scene later in the morning.
As at press time, all efforts to get the identities of the suspects proved abortive, as the police officers in-charge of the case at Boripe Divisional Police Headquarters, declined comments, saying that the case had been transferred to the state command.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Taiwo Oluwagbotemi, was also not available to confirm the suspects’ identities at the time of filing this report, but a senior police officer contacted by OSUNDEFENDER confirmed that the case had since been transferred to the command, saying; “the suspects and the vehicle are now at the Criminal Investigation Division, but investigations are still on. I can assure you that the command will brief you at the appropriate time.”