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Police arrest 2 for robbing Redeemed Church in Ogun

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Police in Ogun State have arrested two suspected armed robbery syndicate for allegedly robbing a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God located at G.R.A Shagamu area of the state.

The suspects; Fidelis Francis, 28, a resident of Udem in cross River state and Lukman Jimoh, 40, a resident of Akure in Ondo state, were arrested on March, 7, 2021

They were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO Shagamu Divisional Headquarters that a branch of Redeemed Christian church Of God, located at GRA, Shagamu was under attack by suspected robbers. 

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to newsmen in a statement in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi disclosed that following the distress call, the DPO Shagamu Division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade, mobilized his men and the local vigilante to the scene, but before they got there, the robbers had flee through the fence.

But “while combing the surrounding bush, the policemen sighted a Lexus Saloon car with registration number KJA 469 EP, parked at a get-away position not too far away from the church.”

“The operatives suspected that the vehicle might have been parked by the suspects, mounted surveillance in the area, waiting for who will be coming for the vehicle at that odd hour.”

After waiting patiently for about five hours, the two came, and while trying to move the vehicle away, the policemen swooped on them and got them apprehended”, he revealed.

The Police PRO said that while conducting a search on the vehicle, two iron bars similar to the ones recovered at the scene of crime was recovered from the car.

“This further increased their suspicion and the two men were taken to the church, where the CCTV footage was played and the two suspects were seen in the footage as they were breaking into the church”. 

Oyeyemi said that having seen the video evidence, the two suspects were left with no alternative than to confess to the crime. 

Meanwhile, the State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has directed an in- depth investigation into the case with the view to charge the suspects to court as soon as investigation was concluded.

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