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Olaniyi Mayowa Olanrewaju
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Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta

Eight members of a trans-border car-snatching and kidnapping syndicate have been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command.

Two members of the gang, Dele Obey and Bayo Quaheeb, both Beninese reportedly work for one Papa, an alleged receiver of stolen cars in Republic of Benin.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the syndicate operated in Ogun, Oyo and Lagos States, as well as Abuja and the Republic of Benin.

He said 11 exotic cars, mostly Toyota Corolla, and arms were recovered from the suspects.

Narrating how the suspects were nabbed, the commissioner said the arrest of one of the principal suspects, Olawale Olalekan, and his accomplice, Danladi Isah, led to the apprehension of other members of the gang.

The CP noted that Olawale was arrested for snatching a motorcycle and selling it to a buyer at Ilara, Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Iliyasu said during interrogation, Olawale confessed that he was an homosexual and had slept with two Yahoo boys (Internet fraudsters) and was paid N50,000 per night.

After the confession, he said the suspect started vomiting blood and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention, and was later released on compassionate ground.

The CP, however, expressed shock that Olawale was re-arrested during a police operation to foil an impending robbery attack on financial institutions in the Abeokuta metropolis.

He said his arrest led to the apprehension of other members of the gang.

Members of the gang, according to the commissioner, include two siblings, Tobi Adeosun and the only female member, Yetunde Adeosun, as well as Oluwatosin Abayomi and Abel Womiloju.

Iliyasu also listed alleged receivers of stolen cars in Nigeria from the gang as Endurance Odiawa and Kingsley Opara.

The CP explained that one of the alleged receivers of stolen vehicles from the gang, Odiawa, was arrested in Abuja.

He added that the two Beninese, who were allegedly sent by Papa to come to Ogun State to receive another “proceed of crime” and bring to his base in the Republic of Benin were arrested at Sango Ota.

Iliyasu added that efforts were being made to arrest the kingpin in the Republic of Benin.

He said Olawale’s confession also led to the recovery of one of the stolen cars in Iseyin, Oyo State.

Other items recovered from the suspects, according to the CP, are two AK 47 rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition; four locally-made pistols with 21 live cartridges; and one pump action gun with 12 cartridges.


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