By Osagie Otabor, Akure
Men of the Ondo Police Command have shot dead a suspected member of an armed robbery gang that attempted to rob a bakery in Akure.
The robbers had successfully snatched a vehicle belonging to owner of the bakery but were chased by policemen from the Okuta Elerinla Division to Igbara-Oke area.
It was at Igbara-Oke the policemen engaged the robbers in a shoot out and one of them was shot dead.
One of the robbers was arrested while others fled to the bush.
An attempt by a five-man gang to rob a cocoa merchant of N13m in broad day light was also foiled by the police in Akure.
The robbers were said to have trailed the cocoa merchant from a bank and blocked him at Oshinle area but the man fled on foot with some of the cash.
Witnesses said prompt arrival of policemen after distress calls by residents in the area made the robbers to flee after shooting sporadically and abandoned their operational vehicle.
Police sources said the cocoa merchant explained at the police headquarters that the money was meant to pay cocoa farmers.
The merchant reportedly told police interrogators that many farmers do not have bank accounts and preferred to collect cash.
However, it was gathered N2m was stolen from some of the cash the victim left in the booth of his car.
Investigations showed the money was shared by some boys in the area who helped the victim when he was running from the robbers.
Ondo Police spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, said all persons involved in stealing the N2m have been arrested.
ASP Ikoro said investigations were on to arrest other fleeing robbers.