Police arrest 19 suspects for robbery, others in Osun

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The Osun State Police Command on Monday publicly presented several suspects apprehended for diverse criminal activities within the state, emphasizing a zero-tolerance stance towards such behaviors across all regions of the state. Addressing journalists during the parade, the Deputy Commissioner of Police for the state, Hope Okafor, disclosed that the suspects had been detained for offenses spanning from armed robbery to involvement in cultism and conspiracy.

Providing specifics regarding the crimes perpetrated by the suspects, the police chief stated that a group comprising eight armed robbers, armed with weapons, raided a household in Erin-Ijesa. During the robbery, they absconded with a Toyota Highlander Jeep, electronic devices, eight bags of dry cocoa beans, and personal belongings of the victims. Additionally, the police recovered the stolen vehicles. Further, two individuals, Seyi Ojo and Kamorudeen Quadri, were apprehended in relation to the aforementioned incident, subsequently leading to the arrest of six additional suspects.

Also paraded were Adejumo Boluwatife, Adisa Lateef, Gbolahan Oladipupo, and Adeagbo Musibau for their involvement in an illegal society that terrorised the people of Idi-Omo, Osogbo, the state capital. Additionally, Okafor paraded Temitope Oke, Wasiu Hammed, Olamilekan Yusuff, and Julius Wuraola, who were members of an inter-state vehicle theft gang that typically dressed as auto mechanics in order to steal cars. Related News Twelve suspected armed robbers were arrested in Ogun border communities; Bauchi police arrest six suspected armed robbers; Osun CP parades suspected armed robbers.

“On February 7, 2024, at about 1 a.m., a team of anti-kidnapping operatives upon receiving credible intelligence, intercepted a four-man gang of suspected car theft syndicate along Osunjela Ilesha Road, en route Kabba, Kogi State to sell stolen cars.

 

“Preliminary interrogation revealed that they operated under the guise of being gear mechanics and subsequently stole their unsuspecting customers’ cars. The cars recovered include one 2014 Toyota Camry, white in colour with registration number LSR 935 JC Lagos; one 2010 Toyota Camry, red in colour unregistered; one 2005 Honda Accord gold colour with registration number FST 917 BF Lagos and one 2010 Toyota Camry black colour,” she said.
While promising that the suspects will be brought before the court after the investigations into their different crimes were finished, Okafor bemoaned the courts being closed as a result of the state’s Judiciary Workers Union of Nigeria members’ industrial action.

he asked for the resolution of the concerns that led to the strike and mentioned how the walkout was negatively affecting police operations. She  also mentioned that suspects who were not eligible for bail had been detained without being given the opportunity to face trial.

She said, “I hope you all know that Osun State Police Command has nothing to do with the situation (court closure). Actually, we are feeling the brunt. We are because we have some suspects whose allegations are bordering on capital offenses and you all know that we have no power to grant bail.

“So you can imagine the effect that has. I want to urge the government of Osun State to do everything to expedite action in resolving that impasse because we are greatly affected.”