Suspected armed robbers at the weekend invaded some churches in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and robbed worshipers of their money and other valuables.
The men were also reported to have carted away the churches’ offerings, running into millions of naira.
The churches affected, according to a report, were located along Ondo Road and the Fanibi area of Akure.
Punch reports that the bandits also shared their loot in one of the churches before they vanished into thin air.
It was gathered that while the robbery was ongoing, some church members managed to call the control room of the Ondo State Police Command, but there was no response from the command.
A source said the robbers were armed with guns, machetes, iron rods and sticks, adding that they beat some ‘uncooperative’ worshipers.
She said, “After finishing our vigil at about 3am on Saturday, all of us were going home when some armed men met us on the road. They told us they were members of a vigilance group in the area and they asked us to go back to the church.
“They followed us to the church. On entering the church with us, they locked the door from inside. One of them brought out a pistol and asked us to lie down and face the ground. They collected everything on us, including our phones and money.
“As we lay face down, we heard them sharing the money they had stolen from other churches they had earlier robbed. From their conversation, we discovered that they must have attacked no fewer than four churches before ours.”
The victim added that the robbers fled through the windows when they learnt that policemen were on the way.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, adding that the command had commenced investigation.
“We have taken action. We have deployed our surveillance team in that area and very soon, we will arrest the hoodlums,” Joseph said.
Suspected Armed robbers Saturday killed a commercial driver, Adeyemi Adeniyi, who was traveling from Kaduna state to Lagos. According to Hausa news platform, Rariya, the deceased was killed at Buruku in Kaduna state as he was transporting perishable goods from the state to Lagos. The identity card found on him gave his name as Adeyemi Adeniyi.
Men of the Ogun State Police Command has arrested three robbery suspects in connection with an attack on a cocoa merchant and his son.
The suspects identified as as Olumide Ifelowo, Abiodun Bayegun and Fatai Sowunmi launched an attack on on Isaiah Sowunmi, a cocoa merchant and his son, Abiodun Sowunmi at Ogunmakin area of the state, in an attempt to dispossess them of their valuables.
It was gathered that a distress call put through to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Owode Egba, CSP Sheu Alao, who went with a police team to the scene of the incident led to the arrest of Ifelowo.
The victim, Sowunmi, was said to have identified Ifelowo as the one who shot at his son. Upon interrogation, Ifelowo reportedly confessed that he and one Jeje were invited for the robbery by Bayegun and Fatai.
He said further that Fatai provided them information that the victim had a lot of money as a cocoa merchant. His confession led to the arrest of Bayegun and Fatai, while a cut-to-size shotgun loaded with a live cartridge was recovered from them.
The victim of the attack, Abiodun was taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical care. The state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) unit for discreet investigation.
A suspected robber accompanied by others, who allegedly posed as police sergeants, has been arrested by policemen from the Central Police Station, Aba, Abia State.
Police sources told sources that the suspect, Samuel Okechukwu, in company of two others now at large, allegedly snatched a Datsun mini bus with number plates APR 244 YH, from the owner, one James Eke, along Pound Road, Aba.
However, luck ran out on the fake sergeant when the victim raised alarm which attracted a police patrol team that arrested the suspect, while other members of his gang fled.
Parading the suspect, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said the suspect had confessed to the crime and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
He also paraded two suspects, Chinonso Kalu and Jude Eneh, who allegedly stole two power generating sets, property of one Apostle Abundant Collins of Akunwata Street, Aba, who employed them as security guards.
The stolen power generators were later recovered from the suspects, who confessed to the crime.
The Bauchi State Police command have docked some deadly robbers and kidnappers after a deadly standoff in Yuga forest.
Some motorist were recently ambushed and robbed at gunpoint along the Asaba-Ughelli expressway in Delta.
Majority were forced to park along the road after the personal assistant to Delta state governor, Ossai Ovie Success, and security agents were alerted and drafted to that section of the road.
Writing on his Facebook page, he wrote,
“ATTENTION: ROBBERS ON THE ROAD..PLS BE CALM. THOSE PASSING THROUGH OSSISSA AND KWALE, ALONG ASABA-UGHELLI EXPRESSWAY SHOULD PLS STAY CALM AND DONT PANIC …. WE HAVE ALERTED SECURITY PERSONNELS.”
In a similar development, the Delta State police command successfully arrested four armed robbery suspects operating in military uniform.
A retired policeman, now turned pastor, was mysteriously murdered with his wife and two other people by robbers in the Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Sources learnt that one other victim was in a critical condition and receiving treatment in a hospital in the state.
Our correspondent learnt that the retired policeman, who had become a pastor, had attended a religious conference with his wife in Jaki, Kwande LGA, Benue State, on Friday.
They were on their way to Taraba State on Saturday when they reportedly met a roadblock mounted by the robbers.
A member of the publicity team of the conference, Ben Dzwa, said Joseph and his wife were with three others, when they were attacked in their car.
He said, “He left the event venue on Friday with his wife, Cecilia, who was the woman leader of NKST Nachi-Bali Consistory Women Fellowship, and Atese Anum (another pastor’s wife) for Zaki Biam, where they spent the night.
“On Saturday, the couple set out for the Bali LGA of Taraba State where they were based. In Katsina-Ala, they assisted two women who were heading towards their direction, making their number five in the vehicle.
“At about 9am on Saturday, they passed Gidan Gawa, along Katsina-Ala-Takum Road in Taraba State. There is a portion of the road that is bad and vehicles must slow down to avoid accident; so, they also slowed down. It was on the road that some armed young men came out of the bush and ordered them to stop and they obeyed. The robbers demanded money from Joseph. Nobody knows what really happened that led to shooting. They just shot him and his wife, who was in the front seat.”
Dzwa said the corpses of the couple had been deposited in Zaki Biam.
The Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, confirmed the incident, adding that a total of four people died in the incident.
He said, “The incident happened around 8am on Saturday. It was an armed robbery attack. While they were on the road, some armed robbers blocked the road and also fired at the vehicle. As a result, two died instantly, including a retired police officer. His wife also died. Two others died later, while the fifth occupant of the car is in a critical condition and receiving treatment at a hospital.”