The police in Oyo State, on Thursday, said they have arrested 16 suspects, including an accounting student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, over alleged armed robbery, cultism and conspiracy. The commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on activities of the command at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Olukolu said the suspects were believed to be the criminals terrorising people of the state in the last few weeks. He said the arrested LAUTECH student had confessed to being a member of the illegal Eiye secret confraternity in the institution and had been unleashing mayhem on members of the public and students.
Olukolu said operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the student following a tip-off on June 6 at about 7:30pm in Aroje area, Ogbomoso.
“The suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for involvement in series of criminal activities and a team of SARS operatives on patrol swung into action after getting the information about him and he was arrested. “Two locally-made pistols, four live cartridges, one knife and a cutlass were recovered from him. “Investigation is now in progress to arrest other members of his gang,” he said.
It was learnt that among the suspects were two others who allegedly hypnotised one Mary Ajayi and collected N1.4 million from her while on her way to a bank at Dugbe area, Ibadan, the state capital. The CP said Ajayi was sent by her boss to deposit the money in the bank when the suspects approached her, hypnotised her and collected the cash from her.
He said the suspects thereafter took their victim to Inalende area of Ibadan and inflicted several injuries all over her body and locked her in a room. He said that the victim was rescued by the police through information provided by the public “and the suspects were arrested’’. Olukolu said a Toyota Camry car and other items bought with the money were recovered from the suspects.
He commended the public for providing police with credible information that have led to the arrest of criminal elements in the state.