Three teenage robbers have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for killing a motorcycle (okada) rider, Bashiru Umaru before snatching his motorcycle. The suspects are: Sodiq Awokoya, 18; Odunayo Samson, 18 and Jimoh Rilwan.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement issued to newsmen in Abeokuta on Thursday said the suspects were arrested at Toll Gate area of Ogere where they had gone to sell the deceased motorcycle.
He said the buyer, who demanded for the documents of the motorcycle before he could buy it became suspicious when the three suspects were giving conflicting accounts of how they came about the motorcycle.
“The buyer, thereafter, secretly informed the police at Ogere Divisional headquarters, consequent upon which the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Ogere division CSP Abiodun Ayinde led his men to the scene and got the three suspects apprehended.
“On interrogation, they informed the police that the motorcycle was stolen from Iperu Remo, and they were subsequently handed over to police in Iperu division.
“Coincidentally, it was the time the relations of the deceased came to lodge complaint about their missing person that the police brought the suspects from Ogere with the stolen motorcycle,” Oyeyemi said.
According to Oyeyemi, on sighting the motorcycle, the relatives of the deceased quickly identified it, and informed the police that the motorcycle brought with the suspects belonged to their missing brother.
“Upon the information, the policemen intensified their investigation into the case, and the suspects later confirmed that they actually snatched the motorcycle, and that the owner is being tied to a tree in a bush.
“In order to rescue the victim, the policemen quickly led the suspects to the bush, but surprisingly, they have hacked him to death before taking away the motorcycle.
Further investigation revealed that Samson Odunayo was the person, who called the deceased to take him to somewhere in Iperu. Unknown to the okada man, he had already informed Sodiq Awokoya to wait in a bush along Ona Eri area of Iperu with cutlass and other dangerous weapons.
“On getting to the point, Samson Odunayo ordered the deceased to stop because he has gotten to his destination,” Oyeyemi explained.
He added that while the deceased was waiting to collect his money, Awokoya came out with a cutlass and hacked him down.
“While wriggling in pain, Samson Awokoya moved near him and squeezed his neck until he gave up the ghost.
“They searched his pocket and found the sum of N5,500 which they also took away. Further investigation revealed that this was the second robbery operations carried out by the suspects.
“Their first victim was saved from been killed by the Intervention of Jimoh Rilwan who appealed to the other two to spare the life of the victim having robbed him of a cash sum of N4,500.
“That was the reason Samson and Sodiq didn’t carry him along during their second operation,” he explained further.
The motorcycle and the cutlass they used for killing the deceased have been recovered.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for more investigation.
Thereafter, they will be charged to court.