Operatives of the Ekiti State Police Command have apprehended 13 suspects who are connected to murder, armed robbery and rape in some parts of the state.
The state police spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, revealed that the suspects confessed to forming their gang after the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit was Disbanded in October 2020.
He further revealed that the suspects confessed to various crimes one of them being the murder of one POS operator, Francis Apata, at Ilawe-Ekiti in December 2021.
He said that they had carried out their nefarious acts in 96 houses within Ado-Ekiti and its environs such as Embassy Inland, Ado-Ekit and Ajebamidele Area in 2021.
He said: “All the suspects confessed that they formed the gang and started robbing with arms immediately after the disbandment of SARS in October, 2020. They took responsibility for the attack on Niran Students Hostel along Poly Road, Ado-Ekiti in 2021 where they raped two female students, and at Agogo Community in Ilupeju Avenue, Ado-Ekiti in 2021 where they killed one Joseph Blessing who was a night guard.
“They also said they were responsible for the rape of a lady in January 2022 at Irewolede Estate area along Ilawe Road and at Oke Ureje Quarters in Ado-Ekiti at the same time,”
“Investigation revealed that all the arrested suspects are ex-convicts who had served different jail terms in the Nigeria Correctional Centre facilities in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State and Akure, Ondo State. Effort is on top gear for the possible arrest of the fleeing members of the gang and the recovery of other stolen items.”
The suspects were apprehended with Beretta pistols, 12 locally-made guns, two expended cartridges, 12 metal files, two metal hand saws and gun making tools.