Operatives of the Inspector General of Police, Special Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) has arrested the leader of the gang behind the recent bank robbery in Agbara Industrial Estate, Ogun State, which led to the death of a nursing mother and a mobile police officer.
Suspected militants numbering about 20 and dressed in military camouflage last Thursday held the town under seige as they raided about three banks before escaping through the waterways to the creeks.
The suspect simply identified as Kelly Rotor was tracked down yesterday and arrested amid heavy shootout between detectives and three members of his gang at Sapele, Delta State.
The shootout also led to the death of a police officer. Kelly and others were said to have also participated in the Festac, Ikorodu and Lekki bank robberies in the past.
On their arrest, Sunday Sun learnt that IGP Solomon Arase in attempt to bring their reign of terror to an end drafted the special elite squad to track and arrest the suspects who have held Lagos under siege in recent times.
According to sources from the police, Kelly, after getting his own share of the loot travelled down to Sapele to attend a wedding where detectives who had been on his trail incident arrested him.
On realizing that the game was up, Kelly and some of his members, who were with him at the scene started shooting at the police. He was later arrested with gun injuries.
Efforts are still on to arrest the rest of the gang who are now on the run.