The state commissioner of police, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Katsina, who paraded the three suspects before journalists at the police headquarters in Lokoja said his men caught the armed terrorists at Ibilo in Edo state, after a tip off.
According to the police, the gang leader, Yekini Isah of Obehira in Kogi state, was captured at about 4 am today (Wednesday) when well armed crack detectives backed by mobile police squad mobilized from the Kogi Police command stormed a criminal hideout in Idare Hills area of Okene.
One AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition was recovered from the the gang.
A police statement stated that the area is suspected to be a safe haven for hoodlums wreaking havoc in the State.
On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums reportedly opened fire, prompting a gun duel.
Mr. Isah fled the scene after sustaining head injuries, he was later trailed to a herbalist in Ibilo, Edo state where he was receiving treatment for his injuries and arrested with two other suspects, including a woman.
The police said:
“This old woman was said to have assisted the wounded terrorists under the cover of darkness to Ibilo after the exchanged of fire with police during the attack on the Deeper Live Church.
Confirming the arrest, Alhaji Katisna said, “We trailed them and gave them a tough fight, and you know it was in the dark they were able to escape with him to one place in Edo State for medication where we finally got him. We got him alive.”