The Oyo State Police Command has said the leader of a notorious gang of armed robbers, identified simply as Moroof, has been killed by local vigilante during a robbery operation in the Alafara area of Ibadan.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said Moroof was shot several times but the two other gang members managed to get him to one of their hideouts. After this, they sought the services of a local doctor to treat him.
“The armed gang met their waterloo when they invaded Alafara area of Ibadan in the early hours of November 7, 2016. The robbery suspects, who had been terrorising many parts of the state, engaged in a gun battle with a vigilante group, resulting in the crippling shooting of the gang leader. Although the hoodlums escaped from the scene, two members of the criminal gang were later arrested at their criminal hideout by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command while they were arranging for a local doctor to treat the injured member, who later died as a result of his injuries. The two suspects, Ojeniyi Ibrahim, 32, and Taiwo Odetola, 27, are currently in our custody ,”
Taiwo Odetola, one of the surviving criminals, in his statement at the police station, said that the late Moroof carefully planned the operation but that the plan went awry.
Odetola added: “He took us to the area for the robbery operation but on our way (to the Alafara community), we encountered a vigilante group who shot at us. Moroof was hit and was badly injured and his prognosis was not good. We took him to a place where we could take care of him. unfortunately for us, we were found by the residents of the area who alerted the police and arrested us.”