Not less than 21 suspected armed robbers have been reported arrested by the Oyo State Police Command on Monday.
The Police Command stated that the armed robbers are terrorising residents of Ibadan and other towns in the state between January and March.
The Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu while speaking with newsmen while parading the suspects stated that they would soon be charged to court immediatel after investigations.
Some of the suspect were identified as Gabriel Olatunji (m), and four criminal receivers, Lekan Ajayi (m), Ismail Ogunsola (m), Akin Alonso (m), and Tope Ezekiel (m).
CP Olukolu, stated that the command was ready to curb criminal activities.
He further stated that the arrested armed robbers was a move at stopping crimes and criminality in the state.
According to Olukolu, items recovered from the suspects include, exotic vehicles, mobile phones, motorcycles, tricycles, locally made pistols, live cartridges, cutlasses, criminal charms, axes, ATM card, driver’s license and the sum of twelve thousand five hundred and fifty naira cash.
The cars included a Honda Accord car with registration number MUS 481, Toyota Camry car with registration number LSR 514 EH, Toyota Camry car with registration number FE 379 LND, Toyota Camry car with registration number KJA 747 BH and Honda Bull Dog car with registration number KEY 827 ET.
Olukolu said, “Sequel to this, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives led by CSP Olusola Aremu swung into action and this led to the recovery of the truck with 18 out of the 22 tricycles at Sagamu in Ogun State”.
He stated that on March 17, 2019, a man identified as Saidi Eniola was attacked and dispossessed of his Toyota Camry car at Iyana Church area of Ibadan by some unknown hoodlums armed with guns and some other dangerous weapons.
Olukoku revealed that a call to the police got the suspects arrested and and four criminal receivers.
Olukolu while narrating how his men arrested two prime suspects, Adeleke Fatai (m), and Opoola Muritala (m), and others in Oyo town said that some hoodlums who specialized in attacking motorcyclists and dispossessing them of their motorcycles in different part of Oyo state were arrested by his men.
He said, “Sequel to a distress call, a team of SARS operatives led by CSP Sola Aremu swung into action and in the process, two of the hoodlums who later identified themselves as Adeleke Fatai and Opoola Garuba were arrested in their hideout.”
“Upon interrogation, they confessed to have masterminded series of such criminal activities in various parts of Oyo state. The confessional statement later led to the arrest of four of their criminal receivers.”
“Meanwhile, five Bajaj motorcycles which they confessed to have snatched from their owners were recovered from the hoodlums and the criminal receivers.”