By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, CP Shina Olukolu has again reiterated commitment of the command to rid the state of kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes through intelligence led policing.
The police boss made the point on Monday while parading suspects among members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) for breach of public peace since the swearing in ceremony of governor Seyi Makinde on May 29 and many other criminal suspects at the Command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan.
CP Olukolu said the command has rejigged its security architecture through community and intelligence led policing, revamped vehicular patrol, launch of “Operation Puff Adder” and public partnership to rid the state of kidnapping, robbery and other heinous crimes in the state.
“These strategies have greatly paid off through series of arrests of criminal elements and recovery of loots by officers and men of the command, he added.
“The Oyo state command as parts of its proactive measures to allay the fears of the citizens of the state is working assiduosly round the clock to put up a robust plan that would guarantee security of lives and property during and after the Eid-el-fitr celebration in the state”.
Speaking on the arrest of members of the NURTW, the commissioner of police said they were arrested by a combine team of policemen, military and State Security Services with some criminal charms, eight branded T-shirts, one Badge and one axe were recovered from them.
He said some dangerous weapons including one double barrel locally made gun with four 4 live cartridges, one single barrel gun with one live cartridge, criminal charms and weeds suspected to be indian hemp, and many others were recovered from hoodlums (NURTW members) numbering about 29. The suspects included Musibau Lasisi, 57, Tirimisiyu Adegoke, 42, Adesina Ajayi, Babatunde Rasheed, suraju Adepoju, Samuel Taiwo, Mutiu Rasheed and many others.
The command also paraded many other notorious gangs of hoodlums including a gang,Tade Adedoyin and Obasi Sunday who diverted a Mack Trailer loaded with brand new electronics appliances valued over N50 million, and a fake custom officer who specialised in hijacking vehicles along Ogbomoso/Oyo expressway.
The police commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations on their issues are completed.
Some of the suspects who spoke with newsmen confessed to the crimes upon interrogation.
Members of the NURTW told journalists that they took to violence after the swearing-in ceremony of governor Seyi Makinde in order to take over garages from other faction who had spent eight years in office.
The fake custom officer, Abdulahi Musa who confessed to the crime was arrested with fake Nigeria service ID card, photographs of suspect in full Customs Uniform and others.