From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Osun state police command have arrested 13 armed robbery suspects in different locations in the state even as the state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Maishanu, promised to ensure zero tolerance for criminality in the state.
The suspects who were paraded by the state police boss before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Osogbo, southwest Nigeria, on Wednesday were arrested between January and February this year.
Various items including motorcycles, money, charms, handsets, handset accessories, cutlasses, axes and guns were recovered from the suspects by the police.
According to the Police Commissioner, four of the suspects: Omoniyi Mufutau, 34; Fowomo Tolu, 24; Adeniyi Dele, 22; and Peace Friday, 28 had confessed to be members of a robbery gang terrorizing motorists and motorcylists along Ilesa/Akure Express Road.
Maishanu hinted that the suspects had also confirmed to have robbed in various locations in the state, adding that the suspects would soon be arraigned before the court for prosecution.
Also, the Police boss disclosed that three of the suspected robbers: Adeyemo Sarafadeen, 29; Babatunde Ramoni, 37; and Darosa Olamide, 21 were arrested in Ede after carting away N190,000 in an operation.
He stated that various items including a Toyota Camry car with registration number AAA185BJ, a locally made gun and a cutlass were recovered from the suspects.
He also informed that two of the suspects: Ibrahim Abiodun, 30; and Aluko Bola, 24 were arrested along Osogbo/Ede road where they allegedly snatched motorcycles.
The Police boss further disclosed that four of the suspected robbers were members of a robbery gang in Ibadan, Oyo state but were arrested in Kosere via Ile-Ife where they allegedly stole N170,000 from the villagers.
While assuring the people of the state of the command’s resolve at combating crimes and ensuring that crime becomes history in the state, the CP stated that “we will pursue and pack criminals where ever they are in the state out.
“It is believed that crime rate in this state is relatively low compared to what obtains in other states, yet it is very imperative for the command under my leadership to buckle up and maintain the tempo and even improve on the current situation”.