The Ogun Police Command on Tuesday said it foiled a robbery attack on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing four suspects and recovering three locally made pistols.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen in Abeokuta that the incident took place at about 9: 00 a. m at Fidiwo junction on the expressway.
``An 18-seater Hummer bus with Registration number Abuja BRA 445 GWA travelling with 18 passengers from the North to Ibadan on getting to Fidiwo was attacked by three of the passengers.
``One of them brought out a locally made pistol and hijacked the vehicle and diverted it into the bush where other members of the gang were waiting for them.
``A public-spirited individual on the expressway, who saw the bus being driven into the bush, alerted the DPO of Ishara Division about the attack,’’ he said.
Adejobi said the DPO, SP Haruna Bashir, immediately swung into action and met the robbers robbing the passengers.
The robbers, he added, took to their heels on sighting the police.
He, however, said four of the robbers, who engaged the police men in a gun duel, died on their way to the hospital while others escaped with bullets wounds.
Adejobi said items recovered from the robbers included three locally made pistols, eight cartridges and some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
He said the remains of the robbers had been deposited at a public morgue while investigation was still on.
While commending the informant for alerting the police, he urged others to emulate him by assisting the police with relevant information.
He gave an assurance that the police would protect the identity of anyone who volunteered such information.
The police spokesman pledged that the command would continue to protect lives and properties.