END OF THE ROAD FOR FOUR ROBBERS
For a four-man robbery gang terrorising some residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital,
it was everyday for the thief but one day for the owner.
Sometime last month, the robbers had a hitch-free operation and were looking forward to another harvest when they were caught napping by men of the Bodija Housing Divisional Police Station.
At about 4 pm on October 29, a police team patrolling the Custom Bus Stop area, on a tip-off, accosted the occupants of an Opel Cadet car with number plate OYO AJ 84 YNF.
During interrogation, it was discovered that the men were members of a notorious robbery gang that usually dispossessed members of the public of their money and other valuables.
Our correspondent gathered that the men usually pretended as if they were passengers heading for The suspects
a particular destination. One of them would drive the car. The driver would stop to carry innocent passengers going their way. The men would eventually make away with their loot and force the victims out of the vehicle.
The suspects, all based in Ibadan, were identified as Sikiru Jimoh, 35; Tunde Ojo, 50; Lateef Bello, 27; and Kolade Ogunwonyi, 38.
Items found on them were seven handsets, some purses and bags belonging to different persons and an undisclosed sum of money.
They all confessed to the crime. Jimoh, who told the police that they got into the crime three months ago, said they all met at a mechanic workshop.
He said, “We were just discussing the hard times in the country when the idea of stealing cropped up. Sometimes we get so much money but we usually had bad times too. We don’t do it every day.”
They told the police that during their first operation, they dispossessed a woman that boarded their taxi of N16,000, her mobile phone and other valuables.
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mr. Adisa Bolanta, said that the men would be prosecuted soon. He warned criminals in the state to desist from the act, saying there was no hiding place for hoodlums.