Police in Ogun State on Thursday said they recovered 16 stolen vehicles in two days at Ibafo and arrested eight suspected armed robbers.
Spokesman for the police in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said this in Abeokuta.
He said the operation was carried out by the command’s Crime Investigation Department, anti-robbery team and anti-crime divisions.
Adejobi added that the team smashed the hideouts of the robbers at Ibafo and recovered the stolen cars with arms and ammunition.
He said the team also arrested eight persons in connection with the recovered vehicles and other crimes in different locations in the state.
The spokesman attributed the development to intelligence gathering and the leadership qualities of the Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye.
Adejobi sad the suspects were being detained at the police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
He said the suspects would be charged as soon as investigations were concluded.
He urged those whose cars were stolen to go the police headquarters in Abeokuta.
Adejobi said some of the vehicles recovered were a Toyota Sienna with number plate GJ 556 EKY, unregistered Honda Odyssey, and another black Toyota Camry.
He said a Honda Accord with number plate LSD 537 was also recovered.
He assured residents of continued safety of their lives and property, saying that “the command will not relent in its efforts to make the state safe for all and sundry.’’
In another development, the command on Thursday nabbed a middle-aged-man, Karim Hassan, who claimed to be a Group Captain.
According to the PPRO, the suspect approached a company at Ihesri Area of Ogun State in Air Force uniform and introduced himself as someone attached to the Presidency.
“His attitude raised suspicion and the company’s CEO immediately alerted Ibafo Divisional Headquarters of Police before the suspect was eventually arrested.
“He has confessed to the crime and will appear in court as soon as possible as we lack the power to hold on to any suspect for too long,” Adejobi said.