Two members of a robbery syndicate of Automated Machines have been arrested by men of Ogun state police command.
The suspects; Ebenezer Olubukola, 30, and Olajide Oladejo, 29, were reportedly specialised in robbing people of money withdrawn from ATM in Ota and its environs.
The other member reportedly escaped during the arrest.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement he sent to newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on Thursday while attempting to rob some people of their money withdrawn from the ATM in Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state
The PPRO said “their mode of operations is to lurk around banks observing those who will withdraw substantial amount of money and trace such a person with their standby motorcycle to a convenient area for them to rob him/her.
‘Luck, however, ran against them when the area commander Ota, ACP Monday Agbonika who was on a routine patrol with the men of Operation Puff Adder sighted the three men on a Bajaj motorcycle around the First Bank area in Ota.
“The area commander who suspected their movement and outlook asked his men to intercept and search them.
“Having realized that the policemen were after them, they all jumped off the motorcycle and took to their heels, but they were hotly chased and two amongst them were apprehended while the third one escaped”.
The Police spokesperson further disclosed that the operatives recovered one locally made pistol with five live cartridges and a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number AKM 490 WT from the suspects.
He also said that the commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the special anti-robbery squad for discreet investigation.
The Commissioner, according to the PPRO also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang with the view of getting him arrested within the shortest possible time. [PUNCH]