By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Police Command has arrested a gang of notorious armed robbers at their hideouts while planning to launch attack at Halleluyah Estate and Ido-Osun areas of Osogbo.
Parading the suspects alongside others on Tuesday at the Command’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode said the suspected hoodlums had been terrorising Ilesa/Osogbo and its environs.
The suspects, Sunday Olamiposi(21), Olumide Ajayi (20), Ife Michael (20) and Kamilu Adeoti (24), according to the commissioner, were hibernating at Rinsayo area of Osogbo and were planning to attack Hallueluyah and Ido-Osun when police busted their hideouts.
“Their modus operandi is that they move from one house to another with cutlasses and raping their female victims. Two of the four suspects have been identified by a scores of victims residing at Halleluyah and Ido-Osun communities respectively,” Olokode stated.
Also paraded was a 38-year-old herbalist, Semiu Oyewo over unlawful possession of a human skull.
The herbalist, was said to have been apprehended along Ile-Ife/Ibadan road with one human skull, snail and voodoo.
Olokode said: “On July 7, 2021 around 8 am, the Police patrol team on routine highway patrol along Ile-Ife/Ibadan road, intercepted one Honda Accord vehicle with Reg. No. AGL 412 CD black colour driven by the suspect, one Semiu Oyewo ‘m’ of Alamole area, Ondo road, Ile-Ife, searched the vehicle and recovered the exhibits.”
He said during investigation and interrogation, the suspect confessed that he is a herbalist and bought the suspected human skull from his co-herbalist, one Ige ‘m’ aka Igwe of Apomu who had absconded.
“The said suspected human skull was bargained for twenty-five thousand naira only (N25, 000.00) while he paid twenty thousand naira only (N20, 000.00) with five thousand naira balance (N5, 000.00).
“The Police navigated its investigation to the house of the arrested suspect and recovered various ‘Juju’ and fetish items which they hid in the bush,” he added.
Similarly, a gang of bag snatchers who were also attacking POS outlets were paraded.
The suspects, Hammed Kehinde, 18, Musa Nurudeen, 19, Ibrahim Kazeem, 22, Ganiyu Musibau, 18 were arrested on July 5, 2021.
The commissioner said: “Upon a distress call on July 5, 2021, around 7:30 pm, that some suspected armed robbers were operating at Owode-Ede Area, the Police operatives from CP’s surveillance promptly moved to the scene, while the suspects were robbing the victim.
“On sighting the police, suspects took to their heels and the police chased and arrested them with a Boxer motorcycle with Reg. No. EDT 713 QE, used for the operation. Also, one handset and a handbag belonging to the victim were recovered from them.
“The suspects have been terrorizing Owode-Ede and its environs; snatching bags from unsuspecting victims and attacking POS shops/operators.”
Five other suspects were also paraded for armed robbery, snatching of motorcycles, and cultism.
Olokode maintained that the suspects will be charged to court after investigations have been concluded assuring that the police will continue to make the state safe for residents as efforts are put in place to eradicate criminals activities.