One killed as robbers attack popular phone market in Abeokuta – Commando-style operation

One killed as robbers attack popular phone market in Abeokuta – Commando-style operation

Some suspected dare-devil armed robbers on Wednesday afternoon stormed the popular phone market in Abeokuta otherwise known as Tarmac in a commando-style operation.

The armed robbers numbering about eight, arrived the Abeokuta computer village at about 4:51 pm masked and shot sporadically to scare away passersby, business owners and other customers at the business hub.

According to the chairman, Mobile Phones Dealers and Technicians Association (MOPDATEC), Ogun state, Ifebola Togunwa said men of the underworld dispatched themselves into four groups and raided about six shops within one hour at gunpoint.

Togunwa otherwise known as Lobot explained that, while the operation lasted, members of the association who are business owners all scampered for safety.

He added that, while everyone ran for their lives, the suspects carted away expensive phones worth about N14 million.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi said operatives of Nigeria Police successfully repelled the armed robbery gang who invaded the popular phone market.

According to the Police Spokesman, the robbers were hotly chased and with the assistance of the market men, which led to the arrest of one of the robbers later identified as Adeniji Sakiru 32 years old.

He, however, said luck ran out of one of the phone sellers, Dayo Bankole popularly known as "Ebe" who joined in the hot chase of the robbers, as he was shot by the robbers and gave up the ghost while receiving treatment at General Hospital Ijaye, Abeokuta.

Meanwhile the outgoing Commissioner of Police now AIG, Frank Mba, has directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.

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