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‘I’m Not A Criminal, I Buy Stolen Petroleum Products From Vandals’

Some of the paraded suspects
Posted: Jul 14, 2016 at 3:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem


One Ugbosua Pere, paraded alongside 44 other suspects for various crimes that range from armed robbery, kidnapping, militancy, cultism, advance fee fraud and pipeline vandalism on Tuesday denied being a criminal.

He rather said that he is an unemployed Nigerian, who bought stolen petroleum products from militants/vandals that operate in Ikorodu-Ibafo creeks.

Pere was paraded alongside Ifeanyi Eze and Sobijo Uriel on suspicion that they belonged to the militant group that had been terrorising residents of Ebute-Ibafo and Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Abdul-Majid Ali, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, who addressed journalists at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, disclosed the militant group had between June and July, 2016, unleashed terror on residents of Ibafo, Igbo Olomu, Elepete, Imushin, and Warewa among others, killed, maimed and looted several shops.

Ali, who said that peace, has since been restored to the communities, explained that the arrested militants were members of the group that shot at the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga’s convoy when she visited some of the troubled communities last month.

The Commissioner of Police added that the suspected militants had also attacked a team of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel on patrol with the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) at Ibafo area of the state, and attempted to overrun the APC.

He added that the suspects were also suspected to be responsible for the abduction of one police corporal attached to Ibafo Division and other robbery operations and kidnappings along the creeks.

11 other suspects were paraded for alleged cultism. They were accused of being responsible for the Wednesday July 6 mayhem at Fakale community, which left no fewer than 11 people dead.

The hoodlums who were reported to be marking the July 7/7 anniversary were said to have been mobilised from Emuren and other places.

Another set of seven suspected armed robbers/ cultists/kidnappers who operated between Ijebu Ode and Ago Iwoye axis were also paraded.

Sunday Paul, a Beninese, born and raised in Ago Iwoye, suspected to be the gang’s leader confessed that the gang had kidnapped many personalities in Ijebu axis and collected ransom, as well as raped some of their female victims.

Paul, alias ‘Blade’, claimed to belong to the Eiye Confraternity and that he recently killed two members of a rival cult group.

Similarly, a five-man trans-border car-snatching syndicate who snatched cars from Nigeria and ferried them to the Republic of Benin, was also smashed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The gang was said to have snatched a Toyota Highlander, at gunpoint, at Fagba area of Lagos and drove it to Oja Odan Town, in Yewa North Area of Ogun State, where two members of the gang, Shefiu Kareem and Abiodun Aparanojo, were arrested and the vehicle recovered.

One Peter, said to be the leader of the gang reportedly fled to Republic of Benin, after the police foiled the operation.

Six other suspects paraded were said to have robbed the owner of Ocean Grace Filling Station, Ilogbo, Ota of N2.5m.

Three suspects were paraded for alleged kidnap of one Ibrahim Sigo, at Ojugbu, Imeko area of the state. They suspects were reportedly arrested when they went to collect ransom from the victim’s family.

Two suspected fraudsters who operated a taxi, hypnotised and robbed their victims were also paraded.

One Samuel Adegboyega was also paraded for impersonation. The indigene of Ondo State, who lived at Ogijo was paraded for impersonating a Lieutenant of the Nigerian Army, serving in 174 Battalion, now 81 Division Dodan Barracks, Obalende, Lagos.

The police said that three-quarter shorts army camouflage, one army camouflage bag, and one army camouflage cap among others were found at the suspects house when a search warrant was executed.