Posted by Sulaiman Fasasi | 25 December 2019 | 1,212 times
Kenneth Ebrimson, the
Ogun State Police Commissioner of Police, has narrated how an armed robbery
syndicate involving a dismissed soldier planned to rob a bank in Ekiti State,
but were arrested before carrying out their plan.
The Police boss while parading the suspect on Tuesday, at police headquarters, in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, revealed that the syndicate was contracted the manager of the bank in the target.
Ebrimson said the arrest of four suspects; Mathew Olagoke, Ahmed Abdullahi, Johnson Ojo and Adebanjo Bamidele, on December 5 followed an intelligent report received by the police.
According to him, men of the IGP-STS swiftly swung into action and headed to Ibadan where the robbers were intercepted and arrested with a military uniform.
Arrested from them were three locally made shotguns, 21 live cartridges and one expended, four bank ATMs, seven mobile phones and assorted charms.
Some of the suspects, Johnson Ojo and Mathew Olagoke confirmed to Dele Independent that they were on their way to Ekiti to rob the bank before they were arrested.
Ojo said it was one of his brother simply identified as Dele who contacted the gang and gave them information about some amount of money kept in the bank but was yet to be deposited at the bank.
According to him, Ojo was contacted by one of his brother identified as Ade who was contracted by the manager of the bank in question.
He further revealed that six other officials of the Bank were part of the conspiracy to rob the bank of the money.
He said all plans were hatched in the Sango Ota area of the state with the bank manager present at the meeting.
Olagoke on his part, while explaining his involvement in the deal said they had to contact a Soldier serving in Ogun State to be part of the operation.
He said since the soldier, identified as Emmanuel, could not provide the necessary guns for the operation, the bank manager had to support the team with N100, 000 to acquire the guns.
He further said that Johnson’s brother was the one who provides the vehicle for the operation in which they were arrested in Ibadan.
The suspects were amongst 23 other suspects paraded by the Police Commissioner for various offences ranging from armed robbery, conspiracy, and armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder.
The Police Commissioner however assured of high visibility policing during the yuletide period across the State. (Independent)
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