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Gallant Police Hero ‘Igbasan’ Who Caught Dreaded Godogodo, Laid To Rest

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This is really a sad time for the Nigeria Police Force, as tears flowed at the weekend at Ode-Aye town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, during the burial of Police Sergeant Felix Igbasan.

Igbasan, a known gallant officer, respected by his colleagues due to his bravery, died from bullet wounds sustained during a gun fight with a notorious gang of armed robbers terrorising the Federal Captain Territory, FCT, Abuja, Kogi, Kano, Benue and Kaduna states.

He was confirmed dead few days after he was admitted at Maitama General Hospital in Abuja.

He is survived by a widow, three children, siblings and his an aged mother.

Eight members of the robbery gang that engaged policemen in the fight that led to Igbasan’s death have been arrested in Abuja and Kaduna State.

Three AK-47 rifles and the gang’s operational vehicle were recovered.

Igbasan had reportedly won several awards, including the Inspector General of Police Award for courage and the Lagos State Governor’s of Award for Excellence, while attached to Lagos State Police Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

He was also reported to be instrumental to the arrest of the notorious armed robber czar, Abiodun Ogunjobi, popularly known as Godogodo, who terrorised the entire south western part of the country, killing over 50 policemen in his 15-year reign.

Igbasan, according to information disclosed to Vanguard, was transferred from the Lagos State Police Command to the IGP Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, made up of elite operatives trained specially to combat robbers, kidnappers and terrorists across the country.

It was gathered that the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the IRT to trail and apprehend the gang after they robbed the home of a senior officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, in Abuja.

The IRT operatives trailed the gang to its hideout in Lugbe area of Abuja, but Igbasan was not lucky as he sustained bullet wounds during the ensuing shootout between the police and the gang members.

While addressing members of Igbasan’s family at his burial, the Officer in charge of the IRT, CSP Abba Kyari, said Igbasan’s death was a very huge loss to the force.

Kyari also disclosed that IG Idris had also given Igbasan a post-mortem promotion to the rank of an Inspector.

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