By Dayo Johnson, Akure
A self acclaimed actor, Onyeke Micheal has been arrested by the detectives in Ondo state Police Command for an attempt to kidnap two children of the same parents in Ore area of the state.
He was paraded alongside 12 other armed robbery suspects said to be tormenting the people of the state in recent times.
The state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke said the middle age actor attempted to kidnap one Yusuf Eniola, aged three years and Aisat Eniola, aged two on the 13th of this month.
Eke pointed out that the accused was found with the two children around Eco Bank, Ondo road, Ore and he could not explain satisfactorily how he came about the victims.
He said the timely intervention of the Police saved the suspect from being lynched by the mob.
But the suspect in an interview said that he was only trying to help the children to cross the road when he was apprehended.
The state Commissioner of Police explained that eight of the armed robbers arrested were living together in a single room apartment when they were arrested in Odo Alafia street Ondo town.
Items recovered from them include one cut- to- size single barrel, one expended cartridge, one UTC axe, one cutlass, hammer, sword, knife, army belt and a complete pair of Vigilante Group of Nigeria uniform.
The police boss said all the accused persons have confessed to be members of a gang of armed robbers terrorizing the people of Ondo town and its environs while some of the victims they had earlier robbed identified the robbers.
Two other suspects from a five-man robbery gang who invaded a house in Ibitayo Estate, Ondo have been apprehended by men of Nigeria Police in Delta state. Eke saidthat the two suspects, Uche Eze and Nnamdi Emeka were arrested by the police detectives who trailed them from Ondo to Delta state after invading the home of Adeyemi Olubanke at the Ibitayo estate.
He said the gang robbed the household at gunpoint and made away with a Toyota Hiace bus with registeration number,KTU 477AH belonging to St. Stephen Cathedral Church which was recovered by the Police.
Other items recovered include seven wedding rings, ten different types of handsets, one Ipad, ATM cards, wrist watches and cash of N103,000.
He said, “ on interrogation, the suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and investigation is still on to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”
The Commissioner however assured the people of the state of security of lives and property during and after the Easter period saying the command will not rest untill the state is made unhabitable for kidnappers and other crinminal elements.