by Isi Esene
Osalusi Sunday, 24-year-old man, was yesterday arrested while on a robbery operation in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Osalusi, who was disguised as a family masquerade, Sinrinminyin, was apprehended with four other members of his gang by men of the Ekiti State Police Command who were called by a police woman to the scene of the robbery.
Reports say the leader of the robbery gang, Odunayo Kolawole, 24, was shot dead in the exchange of gunfire, while two other members of the gang escaped arrest.
The spokesman of the Ekiti State Police Command, ASP Olu Victor Babayemi narrated the incident saying:
“While the gang members were dispossessing their victims of their valuables, a police woman sent a distress call to the police and men from nearby stations and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad descended on them.
Kolawole, the leader of the gang, who was on the rooftop serving as a watch for the gang was gunned down in a shoot-out and others were arrested.”
Other members of the robbery gang arrested alongside Osalusi are Deji Owolabi, Ayodeji Obamoyegun, Peter Akinwale, and Oluwatosin Adefemi.
Osalusi confessed to the police that he put on the masquerade garment to disguise himself since it was his family tradition to celebrate on special occasions.
The members of the gang were said to have inflicted machete cuts on their victims and also attempted raping the ladies among them.
Items recovered from the gang members included two locally made single barrel gun, two locally made pistol. 10 live cartridges, five expended cartridges, three machetes, six handsets, masks, two wrist watches and assorted charms.