An alleged NOTORIOUS armed robber has been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.
The suspect specializes in trailing, attacking people who withdraw large amounts of money from their bank accounts.
The suspect was arrested at the scene of the crime in Uromi, Esan North-East local government area of Edo state.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the 42-year-old suspect identified as John Ayenu belonged to a three-man gang of suspected armed robbers terrorizing Uromi, Ubiaja, Irrua and most parts of Esan land in Edo state.
The SUSPECT and two others now at large specialize in trailing people who withdraw money from banks in the locality.
The suspect and his cohorts had stationed in the premises of a bank in Uromi, Edo state, where a man had just withdrawn large cash.
The hoodlums usually have one of their members positioned inside the banking hall pretending to be a genuine customer carrying out the transaction.
A serving police officer whose name is yet to be disclosed went to the bank to withdraw money sent to him from his relation abroad.
The victim later put the money under the seat of his car and left the bank premises of with the car.
But this suspect John Ayenu allegedly followed him from the Bank to Uromi-Irrua road, where he was intercepted and attacked.
During the operation, the victim raised the alarm, following which the residents and members of the vigilante in the area gave them a hot pursuit.
This suspect was arrested at the scene while two others escaped.
The suspect in an interview said, “I am from Imo state. We came to Edo to monitor people withdrawing money from the bank. We usually break into the car to collect the money and run away.
“I could not run far because l fell when they were pursuing me as my two other members escaped with the Motorcycle we used. I have a wife and two children in Imo, and l stay in the hotel anytime l come to Edo state.
“I never knew the man is a policeman. He refused to give us the money, and he started fighting us and shouting for people to come”.
The police are expected to arraign the suspect in court soon for armed robbery.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.