The Oyo State Police Command on Monday, paraded some suspected criminals in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for crimes bordering on murder, kidnapping, cultism, rape, burglary and armed robbery within Ibadan metropolis and other parts of the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso while parading the suspects at the Police command Headquaters, Eleyele Ibadan the Capital City of Oyo State, confirmed that the suspects have confessed to the crimes, adding that investigations are currently ongoing to apprehend others who may be connected with the crimes.
In the meantime, the prime suspect of the murder case, Success Samuel while speaking with journalists, confessed to have killed one Moshood Orolade.
While briefing journalists before parading the suspects, Osifeso said: “On 3rd January, 2023 at about 0130hrs, a notorious robbery syndicate invaded a community at Alakia area of Ibadan with guns, cutlasses and some other dangerous weapons.
“The suspects broke into the Orolade family compound where they were attacked and dispossessed of cell phones, a huge sum of money and some other valuable items at gun point.
“Regrettably, the head of the family whose name was later given as Moshood Orolade was brutally murdered in cold blood by the armed robbers before fleeing from the scene of crime.
“However, as soon as a distress call was received at the Command Monitoring Unit, Ibadan about the criminal activity, a team of police operatives from the monitoring unit were dispatched to hunt down the perpetrators of the dastardly criminal activity and in the process, the kingpin of the armed robbery syndicate who later identified himself as Success Samuel was arrested in his hideout.
“The following exhibits, one English made double barrel pistol, eight live cartridges, one mortar and a piece of plank which were part of the weapons used for the armed robbery cum murder operation were recovered from the suspect.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and series of similar criminal activities he had masterminded with his fleeing syndicate members in different parts of Ibadan and in Oyo State. Investigation continues and further developments will be communicated later”, he added.
While speaking on the recovered Ak-47 rifle and 40 live round ammunition, Osifeso said: “On 25th January, 2023, while on intelligence–led patrol, a team of police operatives attached to Ojongbodu Divisional Headquarters discovered a local armory embedded in a local shanty around Imini Village via Oyo town.
“The case was immediately transferred to the Command Monitoring Unit for escalation in concert with the human intelligence received from the good citizens, Four ‘4’ AK-47 Riffles and Forty rounds of Live AK-47 ammunition loaded in three Magazines were recovered hidden under a debris of sand after the entire area was combed. Intensive Investigation is still in progress to demystify the Criminal Network. Further developments will be communicated later”, he assured.
The Oyo Police Spokesman, however, cautioned members of the public to be mindful of leaving out domestic items that may constitute weapon to intruders while going indoors before bedtime at night, stressing that the slightest domestic item as a log of wood could become a weapon in the hands of criminal elements.