Ogun Police Arrests Four Suspects Who Specialize In Robbing, Killing POS Operators, Uber Drivers - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Ogun Police Arrests Four Suspects Who Specialize In Robbing, Killing POS Operators, Uber Drivers

The suspects

ABEOKUTA - Detectives of the Ogun State police command have arrested four members of a syndicate who specialized in robbing and killing POS and Uber operators.

The suspects: Kehinde Saliu Jelili, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye and Jamiu Akinola, were all arrested following a report lodged at Onipanu divisional Police headquarters on the 18th of April 2021, by one Aanu Salaudeen.

Ms Salaudeen told police 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 N4 million to be used for POS transaction and had not been seen since then, while calls made to his line had not been going through.

According to her, they had 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 his boss to meet him at Ojuore for another transaction of N4 million.

Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. 

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun state command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the dead and burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building in the Arobieye area of Ota.

The case was transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who mandated the homicide team to seek and arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible period.

Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a press statement said: “CSP Femi Olabode led the homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, and embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.

The burnt body of the victim

“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara State. The team continued to trail 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 would soon be returning to Nigeria.

“Having gotten the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos states.”

On interrogation, Kehinde Salihu Jeili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun State, confessed to killing the victim.

The victim while alive

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 transacted a N1.5 million business with him the previous day.

The police image maker explained that, they macheted the victim to death, after collecting the money from him, and burnt his body in order to cover their tracks.

Jelili confessed further that their targeted victims are always Uber and POS operators. According to him, one of them would pretend as a passenger to the Uber driver, and would lure such a driver to where the other members of the gang were waiting, and as soon as the Uber driver got to the place, the driver would be hacked to death and the car taken away to their receiver.

He also told police that he and his gang attacked another victim, one Idowu Ademiluyi, at Itori area and snatched his Toyota Corolla car, having macheted him to the point of death.

Saliu led the detectives to their receiver, Abiodun Akinola, who is a standby buyer of every proceeds of their crime. The confessional statements of the two led to the arrest of the other two suspects, Johnson Fakeye and Akinola Jamiu, at Atan Ota and Owode Yewa respectively.

One Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Rav 4, whose owners had been gruesomely murdered, were recovered from the gang.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who was full of praise for the team for the painstaking investigation which lasted for almost three months, has directed that all the members of the gang must be 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 appointments with an unknown person.

He also directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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