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Robber who hide arms,moves loots and ammunitions in a coffin

THE new Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, recently paraded an armed robbery suspect at the Police Command headquarters in Ado Ekiti. The police described the suspect, 39-year-old Dele Ajayi as “an armed robbery and car-snatching kingpin.”

The suspect, said to be a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of the state, lived in Ado Ekiti, according to the police, and “was arrested in his hideout in Ado Ekiti.” According to the police, “in his statement, he confessed to leading the gang that robbed at Akannasan, Iyin-Ado Ekiti road on May 18, 2012.”

During the said operation, the robbery suspects allegedly critically injured a police officer, “robbed and disposses him of his service pistol.” The police added: “On the same day, a Volkswagen Golf car was snatched and its owner shot dead.”

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Olu Victor Babayemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, it was said the suspect also confessed to other robbery operations in other towns in the state.

“The suspect equally confessed to the robbery that took place at Ode-Ekiti in Gboyin Local Government Area where a Toyota Highlander jeep was snatched at gun point.”

Two cut-to-size single barrel guns; one double-barrel locally made pistol; one chief revolver pistol; 25 live cartridges; two rounds of expended AK47 ammunition; two masks; two small caskets; one dagger and assorted charms were said to have been recovered from the suspect.

The police said one of the members of the gang named “Banji Samuel has been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command,” adding “and we are liaising with them to bring him to Ekiti to answer for his crimes.” The Ekiti police command also said “effort is in top gear to arrest other members of the gang.”

What seems like routine bursting of a robbery gang by the police, however, is not as easy as that. The gang, the police pointed out, moved their loot, arms and ammunition at hours they would escape all iota suspicion, and do this with the aid of the two caskets that were found in possession of the robbery suspects. This decoy worked so well for them and the police now have reasons to view even a hearse movement with some level of suspicion.

Dele Ajayi, while being paraded admitted that was a member of the gang and said he knew the others and joined the gang as “the driver four months ago.” He said “I have driven the gang to operations four times but the day they shot someone, I was in Lagos. I was not part of the operation.”

According to the police, they usually met at a drinking joint at Idemo area of Ado Ekiti and blended seamlessly with other people there.

Although the police did not display the caskets recovered from the robbery suspects, they did not fail to charge the citizens to be wary of suspicious people and movements and also charged them to report such to the nearest police station. The police also called for the continued cooperation of the people, saying the police alone could not curb crime.

“We need sustained confidence of the entire citizenry. We also need them to furnish us with relevant information so that we can act promptly and nip crime in the bud. With these, we can only serve the people better and make Nigeria better for all of us,” the Ekiti police pleaded.

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