Police recover six Chinese firm’s stolen trucks in Oyo
•16 suspected robbers, cultists paraded
The Oyo State Police Command has recovered six trucks, estimated at N60 million, said to have been stolen from a Chinese construction firm in Ibadan, the state capital.
Three suspects, who were said to be behind the theft – Olaronbi Saheed (27), Abdulkareem Yusuf (35), and Ibrahim Babankuku (48) and allegedly confessed to the crime – were arrested in Kaduna by the men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Others paraded with them included a fake policewoman (an Inspector), 40-year-old mother of three, Alimat Kemi Mustapha and three other robbery suspects – Olorunkemi Abiodun (27), Abimbola Segun (22) and Taye Shittu (23).
The police paraded them at the weekend at their Eleyele headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.
Addressing reporters, Police Commissioner Abiodun Odude expressed delight about the prevailing peace across in the state.The police chief pledged to continue to fight criminals to rid the state of evils.
On the recovered trucks, he said:
“The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command recently arrested an employee of George Investment Company in Ibadan for stealing six SINO trucks and a Toyota Camry car belonging to the company that were entrusted in his care. Following a petition by the Chief Executive Officer of the company on 27 November, 2017, the SARS of the command was mandated to carry out discreet investigation with a view to arresting the suspects and recovering the exhibits.
“With this mandate, operatives of the squad began an intensive investigation, which eventually led to the arrest of the suspect and one other person in Edo State and Abuja. The six trucks were sold to a criminal receiver in Kaduna at the rate of N20 million, while the Toyota Camry was given to a yet-to-be-identified pastor in Abuja.
“As a result of diligent investigation by the SARS, all the trucks and two other cars were recovered.”The leader of the gang, who allegedly stole the six trucks, Saheed Olaronbi, confessed to the crime.
He said he was a mechanic and manager at the Chinese construction firm before he stole the trucks and sold each for N4 million.According to him, only N10 million was given to him as his share of the proceeds from the sale of the six trucks.
Olaronbi pleaded for mercy, blaming the devil for his action.Odude thanked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Idris, and Governor Abiola Ajimobi for proving the tools to combat crime.He said the suspects would soon be charged to court after further investigation.