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Security File: ALLEGED STUDENT ROBBER FOUND WITH POLICE AK-47 RIFLES, DOUBLE BARREL GUNS

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By Enani Benson

 

Police detectives are now investigating

how guns allocated

to some of its slain men got

into the hands of a 22-year-old

polytechnic student.

The suspect, Gbenga Olawale,

was arrested in Sango

Ota, Ogun State, near Lagos,

with two AK-47 rifles and two

double barrel guns while trying

to bury the weapons in a bush

apparently for safekeeping.

The serial numbers on the

AK-47 guns were found to correlate

with weapons allocated

to a deceased policeman attached

to a mobile police unit

in Lagos and a police investigator

attached to the State Criminal

Investigations Department

(SCID) Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Both policemen had reportedly

lost their lives to armed

robbers who made away with

their guns.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police

(DCP) in charge of State Criminal Investigation

Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba,

Lagos, Sam Damilola Adegbuyi has urged

Nigerians to develop a spirit of confidence

and trust in the police.

In a chart with WESTERN POST in his

office recently, Adegbuyi, said it was time

the Nigerian public eschewed the idea

of seeing the police from a negative and

discomforting perspective.

He explained that the lack of confidence

in the police on the part of the public put

so many citizens off from providing useful

information to the police and therefore

discouraged the mission of the police to

maintain law and order and fight crime.

He said: “The idea and orientation that

people have about the police in the country

is not good, people should start realising

that every policeman is like any other individual

in the country. We are like any other

Nigerians and people have to start having a

positive attitude to the police.

“When I became boss of the state CID

initially I was not having information but

now I get information from people because

of the confidence they repose in me. People

call me to somewhere and sometimes I get

information before it happens.

“The average Nigerians sees the police

as corrupt, and people who suppress the

truth. In the spirit of rebranding, it should

not be so; that is the wrong orientation

right from the beginning and that is not

encouraging at all to the police”.

He noted that once the people’s mindset

and attitude about the police changed, it

would go a long way in affecting the force.

He advised that Nigerians should fully

embrace the ongoing rebranding of the Nigeria

Police Force initiated by the Inspector

General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Dikko

the weapons in a shallow pit in a thick

bush beside a road leading to one of the

nearby rural communities in Sango Ota.

It was learnt that the serial numbers

on the weapons indicated that they

belonged to the Nigeria Police.

“The commercial motorcyclist alerted

policemen from the Area Command

Headquarters at Sango Ota who were on

patrol duty. Olawale was apprehended,

the weapons recovered from where

they were buried after which he was

taken into custody,” a police source told

WESTERN POST.

According to the source, “He (the suspect)

said, their gang’s modus operandi,

involves hiding their guns in unfarmed

bushes around Sango Ota and Ifo after

their operations until a new target is

identified and a date and time fixed for

the next outing. Sometimes they even

hide the guns in the neighborhoods

where they had operated to ward off

suspicions while making good their escape,

only to return days later to retrieve

them. He confessed he was burying

the guns after an outing when he was

arrested”.

On the source of the guns, the police

source revealed that the AK47 rifles

had been identified as having last been

in the possession of a deceased officer

(name withheld) attached to a Police

Mobile Unit (MOPOL) in Lagos, and a

late Police Investigation Officer (also

withheld) at the State Criminal Investigation

Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba,

Lagos. Armed bandits reportedly killed

both men and their weapons stolen.

The Ogun State Police Command

spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi, a Deputy

Superintendent of Police (DSP),

declined to speak on the issue when

contacted on the telephone, saying

we should wait till investigations are

The suspect, who was recently transferred

from Sango Ota Police Division to the State

Police Command in Eleweran, Abeokuta,

had confessed to being a student of the

Lagos State Polytechnic.

But on further investigation, the police discovered

that he was a member of a notorious

gang that specialised in robbing people in

Sango Ota.

Police sources told WESTERN POST that

the suspect was arrested after a commercial

motorcyclist sighted Olawale burying

the weapons in a shallow pit in a thick

bush beside a road leading to one of the

nearby rural communities in Sango Ota.

It was learnt that the serial numbers

on the weapons indicated that they

belonged to the Nigeria Police.

“The commercial motorcyclist alerted

policemen from the Area Command

Headquarters at Sango Ota who were on

patrol duty. Olawale was apprehended,

the weapons recovered from where

they were buried after which he was

taken into custody,” a police source told

WESTERN POST.

According to the source, “He (the suspect)

said, their gang’s modus operandi,

involves hiding their guns in unfarmed

bushes around Sango Ota and Ifo after

their operations until a new target is

identified and a date and time fixed for

the next outing. Sometimes they even

hide the guns in the neighborhoods

where they had operated to ward off

suspicions while making good their escape,

only to return days later to retrieve

them. He confessed he was burying

the guns after an outing when he was

arrested”.

On the source of the guns, the police

source revealed that the AK47 rifles

had been identified as having last been

in the possession of a deceased officer

(name withheld) attached to a Police

Mobile Unit (MOPOL) in Lagos, and a

late Police Investigation Officer (also

withheld) at the State Criminal Investigation

Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba,

Lagos. Armed bandits reportedly killed

both men and their weapons stolen.

The Ogun State Police Command

spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi, a Deputy

Superintendent of Police (DSP),

declined to speak on the issue when

contacted on the telephone, saying

we should wait till investigations are

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