Army sergeant, four others paraded for ‘theft’
The Kwara State Police Command yesterday paraded an Army Sergeant, Solomon Abel, and four others – Dedeigbo Olabiyi, Raymond Anyam, Sunday Shakede and Kingsley Chijoke.
They were accused of allegedly stealing a Sport Utility Vehicle belonging to Minister of State for Niger Delta Prof. Claudius Daramola.
Commissioner of Police Lawan Ado, who paraded them, said the suspects confessed to being members of an inter-state robbery gang.
The car, marked IWA 01, was stolen on November 21 from Prof. Daramola’s Tanke, Ilorin home.
They were flagged down by a security cordon on the Ajase-Ipo road in Ilorin, where their identities were discovered.
Abel, who claimed to be serving at the 143 Battalion in Minakra, Adamawa State, said he was lured by his friend, Olabiyi, a former driver with the minister, to do ‘escort service’ for a car, not knowing it was stolen.
It was gathered that Olabiyi earlier connived with a house-help in the minister’s home to steal a N4.5 million from their employer.
Olabiyi confirmed the story but said the money was later recovered from the house-help. The minister fired him.
He claimed their intention was not to steal the car.
Olabiyi said: “We didn’t plan to steal the car. I had some challenges and when I discussed with one of my friends, he said he could escort me to beg the minister.
“I was in a hotel when the man came in with a car; I was surprised and asked what was going on, but he said get in, get in… I was not myself because that was not my kind of thing and that was when these people came and got us.
“I was working with the minister before he fired me for stealing N4.5 million from him. I have been trying to beg him because my car is with him. I worked with him for two years.”
The police said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Mr. Ado also paraded a teenager, Olayinka Akeem caught with seven human skulls. Akeem claimed to be a herbalist.
According to him, Akeem told interrogators that the skulls were exhumed from a Muslim cemetery at Igbo Owu for a charm to ward off evil.
The police boss said Tunde, a.k.a Bante, who allegedly aided Olayinka, is at large and being hunted by the police.
Olayinka confirmed that Tunde is a native of the community and aided the operation.