Mr. Mubarak Olanrewaju Sulaiman, one of the victims of a robbery incident at the Idi-Ape area of Ibadan, Oyo state has been buried.
Some armed robbers had attacked a bullion van on Thursday, February 10, 2022, successfully carting away with the money.
While engaging in a shoot-out with the robbers, some men of the Nigerian Police Force, as well as, passers-by had lost their lives. Sulaimon had been driving his car along the road when the incident occurred.
Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Adewale Osifeso, in a statement described the deceased as an “onlooker who was hit by stray bullet”.
Sulaimon’s remains were buried according to Muslim rites at a cemetery in Akinyele, Ibadan, on Thursday night.
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Adewale Osifeso said, “Further to the media chat at the scene of the crime. Today Thursday 10th February 2022 at about 1345hrs, a group of masked armed robbers about 10 in number trailed, targeted, and attacked a bullion van around the traffic light area, Idi-Ape junction Agodi, Ibadan.
“The armed robbers engaged the police officers escorting the bullion van and in the process, an undisclosed amount of money was carted away.
“In a swift response, the Police equally neutralized one of the armed robbers while some were believed to have escaped with multiple gunshots
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“Consequently, a civilian onlooker was hit by a stray bullet and died at the scene while two Police officers later died in the hospital as a result of gunshot injuries sustained. Four others including two police officers are responding to treatment”
“The citizenry are hereby enjoined not to panic as efforts are in top gear to track down and apprehend the criminal gang”, Oyefeso added.