What a wicked world! There is a mysterious dimension now added to the new wave of robbery in Nigeria.
Police detectives attached to the Ogun State Police Command have successfully bursted a crime syndicate which specializes in robbing unwary POS operators and Uber drivers and thereafter killing them in a most gruesome manner.
The story of a POS operator, Abiodun Odebunmi, whose remains was recently discovered several days after being dispossessed at gunpoint by dare-devil criminals, is a case in point.
The victim who had his operating point at Aparadija area of Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly lured by an undisclosed customer to a location in Ojuore area to come transact a cash sum of four million naira.
According to sources, the same customer had earlier the previous day done a transaction of N1.5million with the operator. This, apparently, was what boosted his confidence to meet the culprits in a faraway location.
However, in a twist, the said Abiodun Odebunmi has not been seen since then, and all call made to his phone line has not been going through.
A report on the incident was later made at the Police Division, Onipanu by the victim's sales clerk , one Miss Aanu Salaudeen.
Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man.
The police efforts paid off when the corpse and already burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at Arobieye area of Ota without the trace of his assailants.
The case was transferred to 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 time.
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.
As things are currently, four members of the armed robbery syndicate have been arrested by the police and are currently in detention cell.
Those arrested are Kehinde Saliu Jelili a.k.a Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye and Jamiu Akintola.
On interrogation, Kehinde Salihu Jeili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun state confessed 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 and also confessed 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.
One Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Rave 4, whose owners had been gruesomely murdered were recovered from the gang.
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the story.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has appealed to members of the public to always disclose their movement to at least one trusted person, whenever they have cause to keep appointment with an unknown person.
The police boss also directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
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