Operatives of the Ogun state police command have nabbed four members of a syndicate who go about robbing and killing POS and UBER operators in the state.
The suspects,l identified as Kehinde Saliu Jelili aka Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye and Jamiu Akinola were all apprehended following a report was filled at Onipanu divisional headquarters on the 18th of April 2021, by one Aanu Salaudeen who reported that, she is a POS attendant to one Abiodun Odebunmi a POS operator, and that her boss left his office at Aparadija the previous day, to meet a customer with a cash sum of four million naira to be used for POS transaction.
Aanu told the police that her boss had not been seen since then and that all calls made to his line has not been going through. According to her, they have earlier done a transaction of 1.5 million naira with the person who invited his boss the previous day, and that it was the same person, who called her boss to meet him at ojuore to do another pos transaction of 4million naira.
While commenting on the arrest, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi who is the spokesperson of the state police command, said upon receiving the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. He said their efforts paid off when the dead and burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at Arobieye area of Ota without the trace of his assailants.
Abimbola said the case was transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department on the order of the commissioner of police, cp Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who mandated the homicide team to unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible period .
”The CSP Femi Olabode led homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti state where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.
On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara state. With determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and they later got information that he was in Benin republic where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and that he will soon be coming to Nigeria.
Having gotten the information about the day he will be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos state.
On interrogation, Kehinde Salihu Jeili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun state confessed to killing the victim. He confessed further that he deliberately lured the victim to ota where he and his gang members were waiting for him with the money he was asked to bring, having transact a 1.5 million naira business with him the previous day, and that they matcheted him to death after collecting the money from him. He stated further that they burnt the victim’s body in order to cover their tracks.
He confessed further that their targeted victims are always Uber and POS Operators. According to him, one of them will pretend as passenger to the Uber driver, and will lure such driver to where his members were waiting, and as soon as he got to the place, the driver will be hacked to death and the car will be taken away to their receiver.
Also, the suspect stated further that he and his gang attacked another victim of their criminal act one Idowu Ademiluyi at Itori area and snatched his Toyota Corolla car, having matcheted him to the point of death.
The arrest of Kehinde Salihu, led the detectives to their reciever, Abiodun Akinola who is a standby buyer of every proceed of their crime.”Oyeyemi said
The spokesperson added that the confessional statements of the duo led to the arrest of the other two suspects, Johnson Fakeye and Akinola Jamiu at Atan ota and Owode Yewa respectively. He said one Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Rave 4, whose owners had been gruesomely murdered were recovered from the gang.
Oyeyemi added that the commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who was full of praises for the team for the painstaking investigation which lasted for almost three months, directed that it is not over until the last member of the devilish gang is arrested. He appealed to members of the public to always disclose their movement to at least one trusted person, whenever they have cause to keep an appointment with an unknown person.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.