The police in Ogun state have arrested a herbalist and four others for allegedly carrying out robbery attacks in Osiele and its environs in the Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.
A statement from the public relations officer of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, gave the names of the suspects as Dayo Ajala, 39; Ismaila Badmus, 35; Obasanjo Sunday, 24; Chukwuemeka Paul, 27; and Okikiola Adeshina, 46.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested last Friday, July 24 by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command following information received by the SARS operatives about their hideout in the Odeda area.
“Upon the information, the O/C SARS, CSP Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off the hideout; at the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended.
Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist, whom they claimed was their godfather and used to fortify them spiritually whenever they were going out for operation and also used to initiate a new member into their fold.” the statement read
Oyeyemi said items recovered from them include one double-barrelled locally-made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted charms. He said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
In another report, the Abia state police command has arrested a 17-year-old boy identified as Jessy Enogwe for threatening to kidnap a 75-year-old man in his community.
The indigene of Egbede Osisioma Ngwa LGA of Abia State who was arrested on July 21 had used his father’s phone to send out threat messages to his victim, asking him to bring him the sum of N50,000 to a certain location or risk being kidnapped and paying the sum of N2m as ransom.
It was further learnt that the septuagenarian notified SARS operatives of the threat before fleeing the village out of fear. Enogwe was subsequently arrested after the report was made.