The Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps has apprehended two suspected armed robbers alleged to be behind various robbery incidents within Ashi and Bodija in Ibadan North Local Government Area of Oyo state.
Coordinator for the Amotekun Corps Ibadan North Local Government Area, Mr Oyinwola Alade, stated this while addressing newsmen at the Amotekun Outpost’s Command, Mokola Hill, Ibadan.
He explained that the suspects, Mr Sarafa Yusuf, popularly known as Akeere and his accomplice, Mr Akin Kunmi, were picked up at Ashi in Ibadan at about 2:30 AM on Tuesday, while under the guise of night watchmen and operatives of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria.
He stressed that the prime suspect, Mr Yusuf, was already on the watchlist of the corps based on a tip off by community members who dentified him as one of the ring leaders of armed robbers within Ashi, Bodija, and its environs. Mr. Alade, who hinted that the prime suspect was also involved in the attack and looting of Ojoo Police Divisional Headquarters during the 2020 Endsars protest. He said the suspects will be handed over to the Ashi divisional police headquarters for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Mr Yusuf, denied the allegations, but confessed to newsmen that during his night watch duties, he knew about twelve armed robbers who were distant friends to him. He also said that some of his distant friends stole AK47 assault rifles stolen from the Ojoo Divisional Police Headquarters, but he had never robbed anyone in his lifetime.
Mr. Akin Kunmi, a 25-year-old man who was arrested alongside Akeere, explained that he joined Mr. Yusuf as a night watchman to make ends meet and not to steal.