A bystander, Qudus Popoola has been reportedly murdered during a robbery operation at Fadahunsi Ijoko area of Agbado, in Ifo Local Government Area of the Ogun State.
The 25-year-old man was killed in a crossfire by a fleeing armed robbers who also injured another individual whose identity is yet-to-be released by the police.
Spokesman of the police Command in the State, SP. Abimbola Oyeyemi said a member of the robbery gang, Moses Ayomide, has been arrested by police personnel at Fadahunsi Ijoko area of Agbado, in Ifo Division in the State in connection with the alleged crime.
He explained that Ayomide was arrested on Sunday 11th of December 2022, after he and members of his gang had robbed Bashirat Anibire of her bag containing the cash sum of #400,000 and her itel phone.
Oyeyemi who revealed this on Tuesday in a statement, said, “Upon the distress call, the DPO Agbado division, SP Awoniyi Adekunle, quickly led his men to the scene where it was discovered.
The suspects, according to the police spokesman, were “escaping after robbing one Bashirat Anibire, a PoS operator of her bag containing the cash sum of #400,000 and her itel phone, the robbers shot and killed one 25 years old Qudus Popoola, and also injured one Faleye Oluwaseun”.
The police image maker also said, “The robbers were hotly chased, and with the help of youths in the area, one of them Moses Ayomide was apprehended, while others escaped.
“The injured victim was taken to hospital for medical attention, while corpse of the deceased was released to the family on request that they need to bury him in accordance with their religious belief.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the robbers who are three in number, came on a motorcycle without light at about 7: p.m and attacked Bashirat Anibire who was just closing from her PoS shop.
“The victim managed to escape from the robbers, but while running away with her seven years old son, the robbers got hold of the son which made the woman to run back in order to save her son.
It was in the process that the robbers were able to snatch her bag and the phone.
“The shout for help from the woman attracted the youths of the area who started pursuing the robbers while distress call was also made to the police.
“It was in their bid to escape from the scene that the deceased and one other were shot by the robbers.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.
The statement also said CP Bankole has sent a condolence message to the family of the deceased, and assured them that the Command will do everything possible to apprehend the escaped members of the gang.