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The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a suspected four-man armed robbery gang who killed their colleague over his refusal to give them their share of loot. The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Asabi, made this known while parading eighteen suspected criminals for different crimes at the command’s headquarters.

Numbering eighteen, they were apprehended for various criminal offences, ranging from armed robbery, murder, illegal possession of illicit drugs, to rape.

He said the following items were recovered from the suspected criminals: one locally made single barrel, Two cutlasses, one barrel pistol, one double barrel gun, four Dane guns, two human hands, an ATM card, and six expended cartridges.

When speaking on the murder case, he said the Special Anti-Robbery Corp were able to apprehend the suspected four-men gang through information given to them.

“The Police were informed about an attack, that one Shahabi Jadi, was macheted to death along Ehinowo camp via Ondo town.

“Upon receipt of the information, police through intelligent gathering arrested one Blessing Okon, aged 20 years. During interrogation, the young man gave viable information that led to the arrest of the following suspects: Gabriel Japhet, aged 26 years, Osha Phenus, aged 23 years, and Gbenga Timothy, aged 22 years.

“The suspect further stated that the deceased was a member of their robbery squad but they had a scuffle when he cheated them and refused to give them their share of the proceeds of their loots.”

The Commissioner proceeded that some suspects were also caught with human hands.

“Men of Ikare Akoko Division while on Stop and Search sighted a motorcyclist who from afar abandoned his motorcycle and fled into the bush.

“During the search of the motorcycle, the Police found two human hands, an Itel phone, and an ATM card.

“The Police through the use of modern-day technology were able to arrest one Abdullahi Jose, in connection with the case recently, at Okene, Kogi State. An investigation is ongoing to get further information from the suspect.”

Asabi also said some cultists were arrested who are in possession of illegal firearms.

“The Ondo Police were reliably informed that a cultist was hiding at Ala Elefosho, near Akure. Men of SWAT moved into the area and this led to the arrest of one Monday Joseph, who confessed to being a cultist with a locally-made single-barrel gun recovered from his house.

“On the 23rd of October 2023, at about 9 pm, a team of Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, attached to Ikare Akoko while on routine patrol arrested one Omowaye Tope, of Ilepa, Ikare, and a mini barrel pistol with one live ammunition was found in his possession.

“The young man could not give a satisfactory account of what he was doing with the gun but claimed he got the gun through one Kokoro (Insect) and Akeem (a.k.a Stubborn).”

The Ondo command added that they made arrests of suspects caught with unlawful possession of Indian hemp, illicit drugs.

“A team of policemen attached to CP’s Special Squad arrested one Esther Ufeli, aged 29 years, along the new site Olaoluwa Street, Oka, Ondo town. The following items were found with her: weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, white colour substances suspected to be illicit drugs, and capsules suspected to be hard drugs.

“In the same vein, on the 12th of October 2023, at about 1400hrs, the police through a tip-off, got information about one Adebisi Olorunleke, aka Pure water, of Odigbo via Ore, of having a warehouse that houses dangerous weapons and Indian hemp.

“The police invaded the place, a search was conducted but only sacks containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered while the suspect was also arrested”.

“In the same vein, on the 25th of October 2023, at about 2300hrs, police got intel that some young men were seen along Ijare Road via Akure, heading towards Ikota Junction with a vehicle suspected to contain incriminating items.

“Operatives of Special Weapons and Tactics swung into action and arrested one Sunday Akinfisoye aged 23 years at a criminal hideout.

“While conducting a search, 69 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the suspect,” he added. Asabi said all suspects would be charged to court and assured residents of a peaceful festive season.

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