Operatives of the Ogun Police Command have arrested three suspected members of a robbery gang who specialised in snatching motorcycles from the owners.
The suspects were Daniel Akapo, 27, Idowu Sunday, 20, and Dare Olusegun, 24. The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi said a distress call was received by policemen attached to Ago-Iwoye divisional headquarters, that a motorcyclist, one Shefiu Moshood, was being attacked by two men who pretended as passengers and asked him to take them to Oke Erigba village on his motorcycle.
He said, “The two suspects suddenly stopped him along the road, and told him that they were not going again.
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“They pretended as if they wanted to give him money only to bring out powdered-grinded pepper and robbed it in the eyes of the rider, with the view to snatching the motorcycle from him.
“While he was struggling with them, a battle axe fell down from the suspects’ bag, which the victim picked to attack them back.
“While the struggle was going on, the DPO of Ago Iwoye division, SP Noah Adekanye, arrived at the scene with his men and some OPC men.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but they were hotly chased and the duo of Daniel Akapo and Idowu Ajao Sunday were apprehended.
“On interrogation, they confessed to the crime, and informed the police that it was one Dare Olusegun who asked them to go and snatch motorcycle with the promise that he would help them to sell it somewhere in Ibadan.
“Their confession led to the arrest of the said Dare Olusegun, who also corroborated the statement of the two arrested suspects.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.