A File Photo displaying an officer holding a bunch of handcuffs at SARS headquarters in Abuja on October third, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
The police say they’ve arrested two former convicts who fashioned an armed theft gang whereas serving jail phrases at a custodial centre in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
Both males, recognized as Abiodun Oshoba and Mustapha Sakiru, have been arrested by safety operatives in reference to a bike theft, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyeni, disclosed in a press release on Tuesday.
The proprietor of the bike, Aminu Iliyasu, was mentioned to have lodged a grievance on the Sagamu Police Station, saying he was robbed of his motorbike by the suspects at gunpoint.
He defined that the ex-convicts pretended to be passengers and boarded his motorbike, requesting that he ought to take them to a lodge on the G.R.A space of Sagamu, a city within the state.
On their solution to the place, the suspects reportedly introduced out a gun and ordered their sufferer to cease, after which they dispossessed him of the bike and made away with it.
Following the report by Iliyasu, the Divisional Police Officer for Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade, was mentioned to have mobilised his males and along with members of the vigilante group, they blocked all of the exit factors within the space and commenced a cease and search operation.
“Their efforts yielded a positive result when the motorcycle was sighted at one of the exit points, ridden by Abiodun Oshoba with the plate number folded, and on sighting the policemen, he abandoned the bike and took to his heels.
“He was chased and apprehended by the policemen, and his arrest led to the arrest of his accomplice, Mustapha Sakiru. A locally made pistol with one live cartridge was said to have been recovered from them,” the assertion mentioned.
It added, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the duo met in Igbeba prison where they served different jail terms and decided to form a gang after their terms in the prison.
“While Sakiru Mustapha was jailed in 2016 for hijacking a truck, Abiodun Oshoba was jailed in 2019 for snatching a phone; both of them came out of prison in 2020 and decided to continue their devilish trade.”
In his response, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Awolowo, ordered the switch of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) for discreet investigation and prosecution.