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Robbers paid petty trader N3,000 to keep guns

by O. S David

Robbers paid petty trader N3,000 to keep guns


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Folasade Adeniran, 45, who is a petty trader was arrested for keeping guns for a gang of robbers in Ibadan, saying she was being paid N3,000 each after an operation.

Aside Adeniran, four members of the gang were also arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-robbery

The squad of the Oyo State Police Command. Adeniran was arrested for aiding the gang of robbers who had been terrorising residents of Ogbere, Amuloko and other areas of Ibadan.

The arrest was made according to the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, after a mobile telephone belonging to a victim was located in in the hands of one of the robbers.

Besides, Adeniran, 30-year- old Bawa Suleiman, Tawa Bashiru, 27, Oyekanmi Rukayat, 20 and Jelili Ismail, 27 were also apprehended in relation to a number of robbery operations carried out by the gang in the city.

Odude affirm that Ismail was the gang’s kingpin and that he was apprehended by the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command.

Odude said, “The other suspects were picked up at their criminal hideouts in Ibadan. They robbed their victims at gunpoint. A mobile phone stolen during one of their operations was later recovered from one of the suspects and arrested by policemen from the Ogbere Police Division in Ibadan. Further investigation led to the arrest of other members. Two locally-made pistols, 15 cartridges and one iPhone were recovered from the gang.”

Adeniran said she go to know the gang members at a joint and that they approached her with the proposal to keep their guns.

“I met the people when they came to drinkParaga (local herbal drink in a shop near mine. The approached me and promised to pay me well if I could keep their guns for them. I kept the guns underground for them and I was paid N3,000 each time they returned from an operation. My husband is not aware that I was keeping guns for robbers,” she said.


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