Police Parade 54 Suspects, Recover 92 Firearms, 760 Live Ammunition

Police Parade 54 Suspects, Recover 92 Firearms, 760 Live Ammunition

Nab female robbery gang for murder of Ilorin socialite

Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

The Nigeria Police yesterday, paraded a  robbery gang of two females,  Joy Adama and Vandora Oreoluwa over their involvement in the robbery and murder of a prominent Kwara socialite, Adeniyi Ojo.

Parading the suspects in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer and Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said on October 6, 2023, police operatives apprehended the two suspects, Adama and Favour, who are both students of Kwara State Polytechnic for their involvement in the robbery and murder of Mr. Adeniyi Ojo, the son of Chief Emmanuel Ojo, a prominent figure in Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Through meticulous investigative work, our officers were able to track and apprehend these suspects in Mowe Ibafo, Ogun State.

“In a tragic incident, the duo tied the deceased under the guise of having a sex rump and demanded money from him. But when he was not forthcoming, they resorted to drugging and suffocating him, leading to his untimely demise,” he said.

He said one of the suspects, Adama, said she was engaged in sexual relationship with the deceased.

She narrated that on the fateful day, “they went with the intention to steal from him but when he was not forthcoming, they drugged him and left with his phone and other valuables only to discover that he had died later.”

Adejobi stated that a total of 54 suspects were arrested by the operatives of DFI-IRT and DFI-STS, some of whom were already facing prosecution in court for the various cases for which they were indicted.

Adejobi listed recovered weapons to include “92 firearms, 760 live ammunition, 14 exhibit vehicles, one forged document, 120 magazines, two IEDs, one suicide belt as well as cash sums of fake currencies totaling $970, marked as exhibits for the prosecution of the various cases.”

Other notable arrests included those of suspected kidnappers involved in a Swiss national’s abduction.

The suspects include Nneka Okpara, from Ikeduru LGA in Imo State; Emu Larry Chidiebere 34, a resident of Ika North East LGA in Delta State; Babatude Femi 30, originally from Owode Obafemi LGA in Ogun State; Williams Banjo Omotayo 28, with roots in Epe LGA, Lagos State and Samuel Balogun 22, from Isale-Oja LGA in Oyo State.

The police said the five principal suspects were connected to the kidnapping of a Swiss national named Diego Tanner.

“This unfortunate incident occurred on May 30, 2023, when Mr. Tanner was abducted and subsequently released after a ransom payment of 2,000 euros.

“The dedicated operatives of the IRT, tirelessly working to bring criminals to justice, put to use, the Nigeria Police Force’s ICT apparatus and arrested all the five principal suspects involved in this kidnapping case.

“This operation not only led to the apprehension of the suspects but also resulted in the recovery of critical evidence, including one assault rifle, two locally fabricated single- barrel long guns, and an empty magazine,” he said.

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