Men of the Ogun state police command have arrested four suspected members of a syndicate who specialised in robbing and killing POS and UBER operators.
The suspects, Kehinde Saliu Jelili aka Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye and Jamiu Akinola were arrested following a report lodged at Onipanu divisional headquarters on April 18, 2021, by one Aanu Salaudeen, a POS attendant, following the disappearance of her boss, Abiodun Odebunmi.
The statement by the command’s PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Thursday, said that Abiodun Odebunmi had on April 17, gone to meet his customer, Kehinde Saliu Jelili, with a N4m cash to be used for POS transaction.
The complainant further said that Odebunmi went missing after Jelili asked that they meet at Oju-Ore for the transaction.
She added that her boss had earlier done a transaction of 1.5 million naira with Jelili.
The statement said upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of Odebunmi.
Oyeyemi said their efforts paid off when the dead and burnt body of Odebunmi was discovered in an uncompleted building at Arobieye area of Ota.
He added that the case was transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department on the order of the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who mandated the homicide team to unravel the perpetrators of the act.
Oyeyemi said that the CSP Femi Olabode led homicide team, in compliance with the CP directive, embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State where the suspect was hiding.
“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara state. With determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and they later got information that he was in Benin republic, where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and that he will soon be coming to Nigeria.
“Having gotten the information about the day he will be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos state.
“On interrogation, Kehinde Salihu Jeili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun state confessed to killing the victim. He confessed further that he deliberately lured the victim to Ota where he and his gang members were waiting for him with the money he was asked to bring, having transacted a N1.5 million naira business with him the previous day, and that they matcheted him to death after collecting the money from him. He stated further that they burnt the victim’s body in order to cover their tracks,” the statement read in part.
Oyeyemi said that the suspect confessed further that Uber and POS operators are their targeted victims.
“The suspect stated further that he and his gang attacked another victim, Idowu Ademiluyi, at Itori area. His was matcheted to death after snatching his Toyota Corolla car.
“The arrest of Kehinde Salihu, led the detectives to their reciever, Abiodun Akinola.
The confessional statements of the duo led to the arrest of the other two suspects, Johnson Fakeye and Akinola Jamiu at Atan Ota and Owode Yewa respectively.
“One Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Rave 4, whose owners had been gruesomely murdered were recovered from the gang.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, commended the team for the painstaking investigation which lasted for almost three months.
“The CP also directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” it added.