A suspected armed thief, Alo Monday, was arrested by police with a car he wrested from his victim, the Ogun State Police Command said.
Police said the suspect was a member of an armed robbery gang operating along the Sagamu-Ikenne road in Ogun state.
DAILY POST has learned that the suspect was arrested with the stolen Toyota Camry car on Friday.
The suspect, a native of Ebonyi State, was arrested following a distress call received by police from Sagamu Division around 8:30 p.m. indicating that armed thieves were operating along Sagamu Road -Ikenne.
A statement made available to DAILY POST by Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi said on Sunday that Sagamu Division DPD SP Okiki Agunbiade immediately mobilized his team patrol and attended the scene.
“Upon seeing the police, the thieves quickly jumped into an unlicensed Toyota Camry car (also known as ‘Muscle’) and started heading towards the Lagos-Saagamu interchange.
“They were hotly pursued by the police, which caused them to abandon the car and run into the bush,” PRO police said.
According to Oyeyemi, the entire area was cordoned off by police officers who, he says, combed the bush in search of the thugs.
“The effort paid off when one of the thieves, Alo Monday, was apprehended with a sledgehammer which he used to hit the car owner on the head before pulling it off.
“The combing exercise caught the attention of local youth and commercial motorcyclists who descended heavily on the suspect and beat him to their amazement.
“He was ‘smuggled out’ of the scene by the police who took him to hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Edward Ajogun ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the ICID state for a quiet investigation.
PC hailed its men’s quick response to the distress call
Ajogun ordered the fleeing gang members to be driven out and brought to justice soon.