Police operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 7-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three commercial banks in the South-West States of Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killed innocent citizens including six (6) policemen and carted away several millions of naira.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba, says police investigations revealed that the dare-devil armed robbers identified as – Tunbosun Ojo 42years, Ismaila Ojo 25years, Victor Oyeyemi 36years, Dele Ariyo ‘m’ 44years, Shola Oladimeji ‘m’ 50years, Olubodun Folayemi 44years and Adeniyi John 42 years, carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed.

Similarly, they were also involved in the robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.

Police say efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large and to recover other sophisticated weapons used in the operations.

In a related development, twenty-three (23) other suspects were also arrested by the Police operatives for their involvement in various crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, car snatching at gunpoint, amongst other offences.

The following were recovered from the suspects: One (1) AK49 rifle, One (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) pump action guns, five (5) locally made guns, nineteen (19) locally made short guns, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cartridges, one hundred and forty-five (145) AK47 ammunition, locally fabricated explosives and a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. LSR 490 GC.

Mva says all the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.