Police arrest 3 over alleged attempt to kill policeman in Ogun

Police arrest 3 over alleged attempt to kill policeman in Ogun

By Abiodun Lawal, Abeokuta.

 

The Police Command in Ogun State says it has arrested three suspects over an alleged attempt to kill a police officer, Akinpelu Sunday, while carrying out his assigned duties at Orile Imo in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ogun, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday.

 

Oyeyemi said that the suspects were arrested on Saturday, while attacking the policeman and attempting to burn a police towing vehicle, in order to prevent investigations into the cause of an accident.

 

He explained that following the report of an accident, which occurred on Saturday at Orile-Imo area, the police sergeant attached to the traffic section of Owode-Egba Divisional Headquarters was detailed to rescue the victims and recover the vehicles involved.

 

Oyeyemi said that on getting to the scene, the suspects attacked the policeman and the towing vehicle driver with sledgehammer, stick and other dangerous weapons.

 

The PPRO stated that the suspects tried to prevent the police officer from taking one of the vehicles involved in the accident to the station for further investigation.

 

Oyeyemi also said that the policeman and the towing vehicle driver managed to escape from the scene and ran to the station, with varying degrees of injuries.

 

“The Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba division, Olasunkanmi Popoola, led his men to the place where he met the suspects, who had already poured petrol on the towing vehicle and were about setting it ablaze.

 

“Three among the hoodlums were arrested, while others escaped but the remaining petrol was recovered from them,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects who escaped must be hunted down and brought to book.

 

The police commissioner also directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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