Today 3 December, 2021

Dismissed Police officer, others arrested for armed robbery – CP

Police in Ekiti State have arrested a man who usually posed as Fulani herdsman to terrorize innocent members of the public.

The suspect, Johnson Apotire, was paraded by the Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Mobayo, alongside other kidnap and armed robbery suspects in and around the State.

The dismissed Policeman, Ayo Samuel, confessed to being a member of the kidnapping gang that had participated in different kidnappings and robberies in the State.

The Police also arrested a housewife, Sule Nana, for allegedly planning to dupe her husband, by faking her own kidnap with the intent to extort a sum of N50,000 from him.

On the wife who faked her own abduction, the Police boss said the suspect was arrested by the Police after intensive investigation.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said the RRS operatives on 20th November 2021, got a distress call from one Nana that she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Ifaki-Oye-Ekiti Road alongside other passengers.

“She called her husband that the kidnappers were demanding a sum of N50,000 ransom before she could be released. The RRS operatives in their investigation combed the bush along Ifaki/Oye-Ekiti before it was later discovered that Nana kidnapped herself to get money from her relatives. She has confessed to the commission of the crime.”

Mobayo also paraded a fugitive suspect, Dele Jimoh and Ayeni Blessing, who were among the kidnap kingpins that abducted a petrol dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, in Ado-Ekiti on January 10, 2021.

The CP added that the arrest was sequel to the earlier nabbing of one Adebayo Akeem Banji, Ogunremi Bunmi, Ige Adu and Jimoh Fayoke, on the 6th of November, 2021, for alleged conspiracy, armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, murder and unlawful possession of firearms.

Mobayo said Dele and Blessing allegedly fled upon realising that some of the members of his criminal gang had been nabbed by RRS operatives and had made confessional statements.

“Dele was arrested in Ilorin, Kwara State, who confessed to being the third in command of the notorious kidnapping gang. He stated that he specializes in burglary and stealing, including motorcycles and had burgled more than ten shops/houses, carted away more than 12 motorcycles.”

one Mubarak Bello and his accomplice, Ali Ibrahim, were also paraded for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of Shekinah Abdulahi and demanded a sum of N50,000 as ransom.

The CP commended the Military, NSCDC, Amotekun, local hunters, traditional rulers and other stakeholders for their cooperation and support that had helped the Command in clamping down on criminal elements across the State.

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