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Amotekun kills three, arrests five armed robbery suspects in Osun

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

The Amotekun Security Corps in Osun says it has arrested five suspected armed robbers and killed three others in Osogbo.

Retired Brig. Gen. Bashir Adewinmbi, the State Commander of the Corps, said this in a statement he signed in Osogbo on Tuesday.

“We had achieved this feat in a joint operation with the Nigerian Police and local hunters,” Adewinmbi said.

He said the corps, at about 3 a.m. on Monday, foiled an armed robbery attack on ‘Dangote Integrated Steel Rolling Mills’ in the metropolis and arrested five suspects.

“The Amotekun Anti-Cultism Squad received a distress call from the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the company at 3 a.m. that a group of armed robbers had invaded the company.

“Our operatives quickly moved to the scene of the incident together with the police anti-cultism squad and arrested the culprits.

”When the robbers cited our operatives, they opened fire on them, but our team was able to capture them.

“The team returned fire, and during the gun duel, five of the suspected armed robbers were arrested with bullet wounds, while three of them were neutralised,” he said.

Adewinmbi said those arrested are Adepoju Abdulateef, 18; Rasheed Hammed, 20; Liadi Afeez, 20; Wasiu Sodiq, 21; and Rabiu Lekan, 29.

He said all the suspects hail from Oke-Baale, Osogbo, and that the exhibits recovered from them included one single barrel gun with four expended shells, knives, electric cable cutters, and one Itel phone.

He said the corpses of the three suspected armed robbers had been deposited at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo.

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“The five others arrested with gunshot injuries are presently receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the arrested suspects would be transferred to the police for investigation and prosecution. 

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