Police in Ogun State have arrested a 29-year-old woman, Chioma Okafor and 19-year-old Nweke Joshua, while allegedly carrying out a robbery operation with toy guns at Adesan area of Mowe.
The police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Sunday, in Abeokuta, told newsmen that the suspects were arrested following a distress call received at Mowe divisional headquarters.
He said the police were informed that some armed robbers had invaded a food stuff shop owned by one Johnson Nwokoro at Safari Junction Adesan and dispossessed the owner of the day’s sales.
Oyeyemi said after the distress call, the DPO of Mowe Division, SP Folake Afeniforo, quickly mobilised the division’s patrol team and the So-Safe corps men to the scene where the two suspects were arrested.
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He said “On searching them, it was discovered that they came to rob the shop with toy guns which looked perfectly like original pistols.
“On interrogation, the 19 years old Nweke Joshua, informed the police that it was Chioma Okafor who came with the idea of carrying out the robbery operation in order for them to have some money.
“He stated further that it was Chioma who bought the two toy guns and gave him one to use for the operation.
“They went to the shop and pretended to be customers, but they suddenly brought out guns and ordered the shop owner to hand over all the money in his possession to them . Luck ran out of them when police and so-safe corps men arrived at the scene before they could escape.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.