CP. Ogun State, Alamutu


Suspect abandons car, escapes, reappears dressed as local vigilante

 …Police recover a cache of arms

Juliana Francis

The Ogun State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a Police Inspector simply identified as Ola, following the confessions of a robbery suspect in detention.


The robbery suspect, identified as Owonikoko Akeem, 33, has been singing like a bird since his arrest.


The suspect said that the Inspector was in charge of supplying the gang with arms and ammunition for their operations.


The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha, vexed that a Policeman was involved with a robbery gang,  has ordered that other fleeing members of the gang must be located and arrested.


The arrest of Akeem and the hunt for the Police Inspector and others, plus the recovery of a cache of arms and ammunition from the suspect is again among the most significant achievement of the Command.


The suspect was arrested after a car chase, led to him and other occupants abandoning their Toyota Camry car, they drove into a close and appeared to enter a waiting bus, and then all were nowhere to be seen.

Moments later, the police operatives noticed a lone figure, dressed in a local vigilante uniform.


The Police operatives, led by the Area Commander in charge of Ijebu-Ode, Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Omosanyi Adeniyi, acting on a hunch, stopped the supposed vigilante official and he turned out to be Akeem.


A search of the abandoned Toyota Camry car unearthed, 32 expended cartridges, 78 live cartridges, and a locally fabricated short gun.


Also, Adeniyi during the investigation, executed a search warrant at his residence and recovered items such as Magnum Pump action rifle, one double barrel short gun, one locally fabricated double barrel pistol, Stunt Pistol Chocker, an unregistered silver colour, Toyota Camry, green colour Toyota Sienna Bus KNN 58 TD OGUN, a liquid chemical, a black beret with insigma of Aiye Confraternity, cannabis, hard drugs, ATM card, Power bank, two Apple wrist watches, two cell Phones, and a charm.


The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Omolola Odutola, said that the arrest of the suspect means that residents of the Obalende community, who had been suffering robbery attacks for a long, will now be able to sleep with their two eyes closed.


She said: “The suspect, Owonikoko Akeem, 33, was arrested along Sagamu Ijebu Ode Benin Highway around 12:0030am in a 24-hour operation led by ACP Omosanyi Adeniyi the Area Commander Ijebu Ode.


“Akeem was sighted in a Toyota Camry driving inward Ijebu Ode from Ososa. As soon as he sighted the Police while trying to negotiate the Ijebu-Ode highway, he diverted into a close, while the Police chased after him.

“But all the occupants scampered into a bus, the ACP then divided the team into a cardinal search.”


The image manager said that the Akeem disguised to outsmart the police team, but failed.


“He has made a confessional statement, and, in his statement, he alleged that an Inspector of Police, simply named Ola used to procure guns for them,” said Odutola.


Odutola further said: “The Ijebu-Ode Area Command has continued to raise the bar in crime fighting.  The case where the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Obalende Division, a Superintendent of Police, Salami Murphy, and his team rescued a kidnapped woman will not be forgotten in a hurry.


“The team on the 13th of July eight kidnap suspects, who participated in the kidnap of one Mrs Efunbote popularly called Iya-Kunle in Ijebu-Ode were arrested due to the efforts of SP Salami Murphy DPO Obalende Division and his team.


“The woman was rescued woman alive, and not long after that, this latest arrest was made, making residents of Ogun State sign in relief.


“Ogun State is peaceful and a hub for investors. The Commissioner of Police is combatant ready to match criminals with his crack team to stamp out crime in the State. The suspect and the exhibits will be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for profiling and forensic examination.”

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