by ABIODUN NEJO
The police in Ekiti State yesterday shot dead a notorious armed robber, Gbenga Matthew, popularly known as Orimeji, in a gun battle between a fiveman armed robbery gang and a police anti-robbery team in Ado Ekiti.
Orimeji, who was one of the inmates that escaped from Ado-Ekiti Prisons early in the year, was shot dead during an early morning robbery incident in Akodi- Edemo community in Odo- Ado area of Ado Ekiti.
The slain robber, who, according to the police, had been terrorising the state in the last 12 years, had been arrested on many occasions and charged to court where he escaped alongside other prison inmates early in the year.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, the Orimeji-led robbery gang opened fire on the SARS officers, leaving the policemen with no option than to fight back.
Adeyemi said two policemen were injured in the process while the remaining four armed robbery suspects escaped with gunshot injuries. He said Orimeji was gunned down where he was trying to reload his riffle to shoot the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, men.
“The other members of the robbery gang had escaped with bullet wounds. We are appealing to members of the public and the hospitals, if they see anybody with bullet wounds, they should not move close to them but call the nearest police station so we can arrest them.
“We understand that Ekiti has three notorious armed robbery gangs, so we have smashed one with the killing of Orimeji. We are intensifying efforts to get the remaining two.
“We have already mapped out strategies to get them. But I can tell you that in the next two days, we will have another breakthrough that would be bigger than this,” the police spokesman said. Adeyemi said Orimeji had with him a locally made riffle, about N120,000 and U.S dollars when he was killed.