Oyo police arrest 21 suspected armed robbers

No fewer than 21 robbery suspects have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.

The suspects included a six-man syndicate said to operate in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Ilorin.

They suspects are Aliyu Azeez, 28; Olanrewaju Ajayi, 23; Kehinde Abiodun, 28; Adeleke ADeyemi, 26; Teslim Muhammed, 26; and Adamu Muhammed, 23.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Leye Oyebade, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday.

Oyebade said the arrests were carried out in various parts of the state, noting that some of the suspects were recently released from prison.

He said, “The suspects were nabbed while making plans to carry out a robbery operation.

“Exhibits recovered from them include a three cut-to-size double-barrelled guns, three locally made pistols, 14 live cartridges, three computer laptops, 29 assorted mobile phones, two digital cameras, six cutlasses, four jack knives, one saw blade, three spanners, one hammer, one nail pinchers and assorted criminal charms.”

According to the leader of the gang, Teslim Muhammed, they were arrested after taking delivery of guns in Ilorin.

Muhammed said, “We were yet to make use of the weapons when we were arrested. After the guys who brought the guns to us were arrested, they implicated us and brought the police to our hideout in Agbabiaka area of Ilorin.

“The guns were actually brought to me. We all met at different occasions. I knew Azeez through a friend called Tosin,” the gang leader added.

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