Nemesis caught up with an armed robber after he was identified in a hospital ward by a wardmate he had attacked earlier.
The wanted robbery suspect, Bukola Adeoye, was identified by one of his victims, who came for treatment in a hospital for injuries inflicted on him by Adeoye.
Adeoye was in same hospital for injuries sustained after a gun battle with policemen in Ondo State.
According to Vanguard, Bukola, alias Agbara, who died hours later having confessed his robbery activities to detectives, robbed one Gbenga Babatomi, 48, of Sabo area, Ore, the previous night and inflicted several machete injuries on him.
Babatomi went to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during a robbery operation led by Bukola
He was one of the two robbery suspects that escaped from Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, operatives few weeks ago in handcuffs. No fewer than four Police detectives have been in detention since the suspects’ escape.
The other suspect, Rotimi Adeyeye, according to the Police, is yet to be arrested.
Parading the suspects, the state Police Commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju, said the detectives from SARS, Akure, received information that the escapee-suspects were taking cover in the house of one of their girlfriends, Loveth, in Akure.
Adeyanju said: “On July 17, at 9a.m., detectives from Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Akure, received information that the robbery suspects, one Bukola Adeoye, alias Agbara, and one Rotimi Adeyeye, were taking cover in the house of one Loveth Ogbu.
“A team of detectives swooped on the said Loveth Ogbu, arrested her and, on interrogation, she confessed that the escaped robbery suspects were in Ore.
“Based on her confession, detectives mobilised to Ore and arrested one Felix Eteti, aged 27 years, of Ebenezer Street, Sabo, who is a member of the gang.
“On July 18, at 2a.m., the team received a distress call from members of the public that robbers were operating at Sabo Area, Ore.
“Detectives trailed the robbers to a primary school in Ore. On sighting the detectives, the robbers opened fire on them and during exchange of fire one of the suspects, Adeoye, sustained gunshot injury on his right leg.
“He was rushed to General Hospital, Ore, where he died few hours after.
“However, one Gbenga Babatomi, 48, of Sabo, who was earlier robbed by Bukola Adeoye and his gang the previous night, came to the same hospital to treat the machete cuts inflicted on him by the robbers, identified Bukola Adeoye as one of the robbers that attacked him.
“Items recovered from the suspects are one cut-to-size gun, three cutlasses, one empty shell and four live cartridges.”
In an interview, Loveth, girlfriend of the fleeing suspect, told Vanguard that his boyfriend Rotimi and the deceased Bukola hypnotised detectives at SARS before they escaped having been given a charm by one of their friend nicknamed Barrister.
Loveth, who sells drinks in Ore park, confessed that it was Barrister that helped them to break the handcuffs, which aided their escape to Ore town, adding that she was not aware that her boyfriend was into robbery.
The Police Commissioner said the suspects will be charged to court, while other members of the gang, who are still on the run, will be apprehended soon.