A serving soldier and a police inspector were parraded on Wednesday for allegedly hijacking fuel-laden trucks on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Thirty-eight other suspects were also paraded the Oyo state police command for offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping and stealing to cultism.
Addressing journalists at the police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, Abiodun Odude, the state commissioner of police, said the suspected hijackers often wore camouflage and police uniforms to carry out their operations.
“The alleged hijackers of fuel-laden trucks usually wore military camouflage and police uniform in their operations,” he said.
“They were nabbed by the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad of Oyo State during one of their operations on April 15 at about 8 am after they waylaid a fuel-laden DAF tanker with registration number APC 937 XB on a bad portion at Shasha, near Ojoo, on Ibadan-Oyo Road.
“The suspected policeman would be recommended for dismissal from the Nigeria Police for professional misconduct.”
Odude said both the soldier and the policeman confessed that they actually participated in the crime.
In another incident, a suspect allegedly conspired with others to abduct his own father.
Odude said that the kidnapping of the suspect’s father took place at Igboora in Ibarapa central local government area on May 17 at around 6pm.
“The suspect said he got a share of less than N1 million in the ransom collected although he confessed that his father never offended him,” he said.
He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was completed.