Adeola Oladele, Ibadan –
The Oyo State Police command on Monday, paraded an eight-man gang of armed robbers, whose leader, escaped from Ekiti Prison during the November 2014 jail break. At the time of his escape, the leader of the gang was an armed robbery suspect, waiting trial.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Musa Katsina told newsmen during a press briefing that the hoodlums were arrested at the popular Mapo area in the state capital.
Kastina further said that the command’s effort at apprehending the hoodlums was successful, as they had earlier snatched a Toyota Camry from one Madam Oluwafolakemi Fabodede in Akure, Ondo State.
Thereafter, the gang, according to the CP, proceeded to Oyo State and attacked Joba pharmacy and a filling station at Iroko along Oyo/Ibadan road.
“As the gang fled the scene they had encounter with my nearby Ambush Squad that over powered and arrested them.”
“Investigation revealed that the leaders of the robbery gang, Boluwaji Olawumi, John Isaac and Fagboyegun Wale were among those that escaped from Ekiti jail break on 30 November, 2014 where they were awaiting trial for armed robbery and murder.
He said the hoodlums, who called themselves ‘One Million Boys’ were arrested in connection with the just concluded election in the state, saying that one of the suspects, Patrick John said some of the gang members lived in his house.
Katsina, explained that the group while armed with dangerous weapons descended and inflicted injuries on some innocent people, some of which were on admission in some hospitals.
He said the pandemonium attracted the attention of police special force that engaged the hoodlums leading to the arrest of another 16 member cult group and the recovery of some deadly weapons from them.
He gave the names of the suspects as Patrick John, Olunloyo Ibrahim, Oluwafemi Adele, Adikpe Joseph, Olamide Abidemi, Ahmed Mukaila and Ramoni Saka.
Others were Ojo Adewale, Rasheed Afeez, Adeleke Shola, Adeleke Ibrahim, Adeleke Tunde, Adedapo Nurudeen, Dele Abu, Monsuru Olalekan and Akeem Monsuru.
One AK47 snatched from a serving policeman with other dangerous weapons were recovered from the hoodlums.
Other items recovered from them were 10 dane guns, one pump action rifle, 1 cut to size, 3 single barrel, cartridges and a motorcycle.