Governor Ajimobi of Oyo and the state Police commissioner, Abiodun Odude

By Victor Ernest with agency report

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested 16 suspects alleged to have been involved in armed robbery and kidnapping.

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Commissioner of police for the state, Abiodun Odude, on Friday said the suspects were responsible for the spate of robberies in Akobo and other parts of the state.

He disclosed that their arrest followed their latest attack on Wisdom Estate, Akobo, Ibadan, at about 2am on 3 June.

The raid

”During a raid carried out by the Idi-Aro Police Division, one of the suspects was arrested and some of the jewellery and mobile phones earlier snatched from victims during the robbery operation were recovered from him.

”His arrest and subsequent confession led to the arrest of other members of the gang by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the command.

”More stolen items were recovered from the suspects who confessed to have carried out several armed robbery operations in Egbeda , Olodo and other places in the state,” he said.

Their victims

Some victims who were present to identify the robbers at the parade ground narrated how the suspects terrorised the entire estate.

According to them, the bandits forcefully gained entry into their homes, breaking walls, windows and burglar proof.

One of the victims explained how the robbers killed two of his security dogs and inflicted machete cuts on his grandmother during the operation.

Items recovered from them include three long cutlasses, five finger rings, 10 different mobile phones, 12 assorted wristwatches, two gold pendants, a pair of gold earrings and different charms.