By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Nemesis has caught up with a 3-man gang for armed robbery and murder of one Victor Akinbile in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, while parading the suspects on Monday at the command headquarters in Osogbo disclosed that Sunday Kayode, Rasheed Waheed, and Hameed Bidemi robbed one Victor Akinbile of over N3m and then killed him by setting him ablaze in his car.
Adeoye said the leader of the group, Hameed Bidemi confessed to have been contacted by a security guard in the neighborhood of where Akinbile was passing night at Maboreje area of Ikirun.
The police boss said, ” when the police were interrogating the suspects, the leader of the gang confessed that a security guard,named Bashir Owolabi, who works beside the compound where the victim who had travelled all the way from Lagos was passing a night at Ikirun was the one who called him to come and rob Akinbile.
“They collected a cash of N25,000 from him and forced him to transfer the sum of N3m to the ring leader’s account. They later drove him to a secluded place in his Toyota Camry car and set him and the car ablaze with the aim of covering their evil act.”
Adeoye said his men arrested the leader of the group, Bidemi in Lagos, while Kayode and Waheed were rounded up in Ondo and Ogun States respectively.
He then commended the efforts of the men and officers of the command for their prompt action in tracking the suspects down within 72 hours with little information in their disposal.
The CP added that the four suspects have already been charged to court and would be arraigned in a due course.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Bidemi said the security guard was his spiritual father, adding that he gave him the details of the victim and aided the operation.
Bidemi said he is an indigene of Ikirun but claimed to be a scavenger in Ikorodu area of Lagos where he lived.
He said, “Baba is my spiritual father, I was in Ikirun on November 26 when he called me to come and rob a man who was passing a night beside the compound he was working as a security guard, and informed me that the man was the only one in the building.
“I called Kayode and Waheed, and we attacked the man around 1am, he did not struggle with us at all, he gave us the N25,000 cash with him, and when we pressurised him further for money, he promised to give us N3m out of the N5m he claimed was in his account; he transferred the money immediately to my account.
“It was Waheed who insisted that we must not leave him alive, so, we put him in the booth of his car and drove him to a secluded place where we set him and the car ablaze.”