The Ondo State Police Command has arrested over 80 suspected armed robbery, kidnappers and cult members. It also recovered stolen cars and 40 arms and ammunition.
Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro Harrison, told Daily Sun that the command is giving criminals from other states chance to rob in the state: “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives arrested over 20 suspected armed robbers in Ore. They were planning to carry out an operation.
“The Anti-Cultism Squad (ACS), rounded up three suspected cult members. They are Wale, Gbenga and Dapo believed to be members of Aye secret cult at Owo. They confessed to various killings and robberies in Owo and its environs. We recovered three locally made pistols, three lures catridges, axes and charms. We have charged them to court.
“Criminals should stay away from Ondo State. We constantly raid hideouts of criminals to make sure that they stay away from the state. Over 15 arms and ammunition were recovered along Ore/Benin Expressway.
“A notorious armed robber, Chijoke, who specialized in stealing cars was arrested. One of his gang members, John, was arrested in Lagos. Other members arrested were Ifedayo, Chidi, Bunmi and Emeka. They all confessed to committing the crime, while two stolen Toyota Camry, (Big Daddy) cars were recovered from them.
“In another incident, three suspects identified as Olakunle, Ojo and Jelili were arrested with a Camry (Muscle) with the Reg. No. AAA547DY, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A police patrol team at Ile-Oluji arrested two suspects, Rilwan and Shehu, for armed robbery and murder case.
“The suspects were involved in the killing of a motorcycle man, Thomas Amusan, 20 years old, with cutlass along Ipetu Express way and dumped his corpse in a bush and went away with his motorcycle. Police detectives recovered the corpse and deposited it at the General Hospital mortuary, Ile-Oluji.
“Another patrol team at Ifon accosted one Howa Truck with reg. no. BDC 830 XP, belonging to Stantech Logistics, Lagos. It was during stop and search they recovered 15 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp. Three suspects Quadri, Kazeem and Azuka, were arrested in connection with the weeds. We have transferred their case to the NDLEA office for further information.”