Crime

Police Parade 37 Suspected Criminals in Ibadan

Thirty seven suspected criminals have been apprehended by Police in Oyo State for various offences. 

The suspects were paraded at the police headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan by the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko. 

The suspects were arrested for offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, car theft, pick pocketing, sodomy and other cyber crime. 

Two alleged car snatchers, Echefuna Ebubechukwu and Temisan Barber said they were specialists in snatching exotic cars from unsuspected owners at gun point. 

Their latest operation at Bodija resulted in stealing of a black Ford edge with registration number APP771CV and a blue Toyota Corolla car with registration number AKD642CM.

Also, a teacher, Mr Olawuyi Ebenezer was paraded for repeatedly having undue canal knowledge of a twelve-year-old pupil.

An alleged kidnapping syndicate responsible for strings of robbery and kidnapping along Ayete, igangan and Eruwa areas of Oyo state were also paraded.

The trio, Samuel Oga, Christian Abunka and Sheu Babangida confessed to be involved in the crime but later told newsmen that they were innocent of the crime levelled against them. 

Another suspected kidnapper, Abubakar Rico was also paraded after his arrest in Idere.

Also, thirty suspected cultists who specialized in armed robbery, rape and other crime related offences were apprehended in one hotel at Adamasingba area of Ibadan with various crime instruments.

Some of the suspects said they relocated to Ibadan when the business was getting tougher in Lagos, claiming they specialized in robbing members of the public of their phones in order to use the sim cards to defraud their contacts.

A lady, who was arrested alongside the suspected armed robbers with possession of Indian hemp, Faith Ominka who confessed that she was a sex worker, said the weed was given to her to sell by one of her customers. 

Parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko said the huge breakthrough in the arrest of the suspects was a symbol of hope and confidence in the crime combating activities of the police. 

Mrs Onadeko therefore called on the public not to relent in sharing credible as timely information valuable in curbing criminality and birthing a peaceful oyo state and promised to charge the suspects to court after thorough investigations. 

Other exhibits found with the suspects include two exotic cars, several mobile phones, sim cards, cash local guns, weapons and ammunitions.

Rasheeda Makinde

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