With just eleven days gone in the month of March, the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday held a briefing in which the Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye reeled out some of the command’s achievements in the area of crime detection and control.
The CP who spoke in his Eleweran office stated emphatically that the police in Ogun State “will not tolerate any act of hooliganism or criminal tendencies capable of jeopardizing the smooth security networking on ground in Ogun State”.
Some of the achievements highlighted by CP Okoye include the arrest of suspected cult members on March 2.
CP Okoye disclosed that at about 8. 30 am on that day, the Police at Iperu Division received information that some boys suspected to be cult members were seen in Iperu town gathering in a suspicious manner. Detectives attached to Iperu Division swung into action and arrested seventeen of them while one locally made short single barreled gun and two axes were recovered from them.
The names of the suspects were given as:
1. OGUNGBE ADELEKE
2. KOFI GBENJEA
3. AWODELE OLATUNJI
4. AZEEZ ONAYEMI
5. OMOTAYO SANWOLU
6. OYEDELE AZEEZ
7. FADARE JAMIU
8. PIUS CHRISTOPHER
9. TAYO KAYODE
10. SEGUN OJUROYE
11. SEMIU ONAYEMI
12. IBRAHIM AWOSANYA
13. IDOWU BOYEJO
14. BIODUN ADESINA
15. OLANIKE KOLAWOLE
16. BOYEJO TAIWO
17. FRIDAY AKPAN
Exhibits recovered from them include: One locally made short single barrelled gun and two axes.
Okoye also pointed out that at about 7 pm on March 8, Inspector Akingbade David and team attached to SARS Abeokuta reported that they received information about some notorious armed robbers who specialize in robbing Bureau De change. Immediately, the team swung into action and arrested the suspects at their hideout at Iyana Ilogbo area of Ifo where they were planning to rob a Petrol Station in Ifo area. The CP also told newsmen that efforts are on to arrest other gang members. Some weapons were recovered from the suspects.
The arrested suspects include:
1. AUDU RABIU
2. ADESANYA EMMANUEL
3. OLUKUTAN IBRAHIM
4. SAHEED NURENI
5. OPEOLUWA SESE
6. EYITAYO BOLARINWA
7. OYEDELE PETER
8. YOMI AKINOLA
A pump action gun, one cut to size double barrelled gun, two double barrelled pistols and twenty five live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
The CP also spoke on the arrest of an armed robber cum kidnapper. He stated that on February 25, one Ndubuisi Ignatius who had hitherto pretended to be a spiritual father to the family of one James Nwosu of Agbara, Ogun State, held him (James) hostage in his above mentioned address and finally robbed him of cash sum of Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N 3. 7 million) at gunpoint. The suspect has been having spiritual contact with the family and other families for over two years before he finally carried out the dastardly act between the hours of 8 am and 10 am of 25/02/2014 having masked himself up. Okoye made it known that a cash sum of Three Million, One Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira (#3,190,000:00) has however been recovered out of the loot. He also stated that the suspect will soon appear in court.
On the morning of March 1, 2014, Inspector Godfrey Asangu and a team of Nigeria/Benin enhanced Border patrol Imeko while on Stop and Search duty along Imeko/Ilaro road intercepted one Babatunde Ajibade Lukman with one double barrelled locally made shot gun with twenty-five live cartridges.
The Ogun State Police Command also arrested a suspect for unlawful possession of fake currency. The suspect was nabbed after one Monsuru Akinkunmi, a Cashier of Mainstreet Bank Car Wash area Adatan Abeokuta reported that he received a sum of Forty thousand naira (#40,000:00) only from one customer named Oyekunle Olayinka in one thousand naira and five hundred naira denominations of which he discovered that sum of sixteen thousand naira (#16,000:00) only were fake currencies. The suspect was arrested and brought to Adatan Division. The CP said the case is still under investigation.
Also, on February 17, one Obanla Isiaka of No. 12, Small London Street, Igbesa, reported to the Anti crime patrol team attached to Agbara Division while on patrol around Lusada/Igbesa road that two armed robbers riding on a motorcycle attacked and dispossessed him of the N 650,000:00 he withdrew from GT Bank Agbara at Viju Milk area Lusada/Igbesa road. The quick intervention of the Anti-crime team patrol led to the arrest of the two suspects, namely John Enajamo and Blessing Gonume both of 23, Road Festac town Lagos State. The suspects confessed to the crime and mentioned one Stanley Odimoku and Aliu as their gang members. “The said Stanley has been arrested in the course of Police investigation and the case is under investigation”, Okoye said.
He noted that Stanley Odimoku of Kareem Olanrewaju area of Magbon, along Lagos/Badagry Expressway, Lagos State, who earlier escaped from the scene of robbery carried out on 17/02/2014 was arrested on February 28 consequent to another robbery incident reported by one Okusanya Oyebola of 17, Alhaji Lamidi Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin, Lagos State who was robbed of cash sum of two Million, eight hundred thousand naira (#2.8M) only through the same mode of operation.
Okusanya Oyebola equally withdrew the said amount from the same GT Bank, Agbara Ogun State. The bandits tactically trailed, halted and dispossessed the victim of the money at gunpoint. The Anti-robbery team attached to Agbara Division led by the DPO CSP Ayodele Sonubi, through a reliable tip off, arrested Stanley Odimoku while others escaped with bullet wounds.
Speaking further, the CP said on 26th February, one Gbenga Adegboye a.k.a Genegene aged 20yrs of Sabo area of Sagamu was arrested through information. The suspect confessed of being a member of EYE confraternity and mentioned some of his gang members. This eventually led to the arrest of Sokoya Sola a.k.a Prince aged 23yrs and Olumide Adebowale a.k.a Olu Boy aged 21yrs both of Sabo area of Sagamu. They also confessed to being members of the said EYE confraternity.
Newsmen were also briefed that at about 12. 15 pm on February 23, 2014 , four armed men entered into the house of one Shaibu Hassan at Badagry road, Ado-Odo and robbed him of an unspecified amount of money and his handsets. The robbers also entered into the house of one Adegbola Qudus, robbed him and shot him in his right thigh. On receipt of the report, detectives attached to Ado-Odo Division swung into action and arrested the suspects while one locally made pistol recovered from them. The suspects are:
1. OGUNOLA SABURI
2. TOBI MAKINDE
3. ISMAILA AKINDE
4. RASAK TAJUDEEN
Exhibits found in their possession included one locally made pistol, two wristwatches, 14 handsets, four rings and four empty cartridges.
The CP also disclosed that at about 2 am on Tuesday, the Command received a call from Ibadan in Oyo State that one Hon. Atanda Abiodun aged 46yrs of No. 2, Kasagba Street, Iseyin, Oyo State was kidnapped in Ibadan and that his abductors were heading towards Abeokuta. The DPO Odeda and team blocked the road and conducted Stop and Search at Odeda along Ibadan/Abeokuta road. On approaching the Police checkpoint, they hurriedly dropped their victim and turned back to Ibadan. The DPO and team carried out a thorough search in the bush and later rescued the victim, Hon Atanda Abiodun to the station unhurt.