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Police arrest undergraduate robbery king pin, others in Ondo

* I went into robbery to look good and feed my family, suspect

By Dayo Johnson Akure

HIS look is deceptive but when he talks, one can decipher that he is an unrepentant criminal. That may be the best way to describe a 26 -year-old 2005 graduate of Public Administration, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and a father of three, Hakeem Lawal.

• Hakeem Lawal (the suspect)

Hakeem was one of the 13 suspects paraded by the Police authorities in Akure, the Ondpo State capital in connection with series of robberies.   Also, the police said it made another breakthrough by arresting 15 other suspects over the killings and the attack of a High Court Judge in Akure  within 24 hours few weeks back.

The Police Boss, Magagi Nasarawa said Hakeem was linked with series of robberies and snatching of vehicles in the state capital in recent times.   Four vehicles including a Toyota Avensis car belonging to the Chief Security Officer to Governor Olusegun Mimiko that was snatched at gunpoint at Aromed Junction in Akure were recovered by the police after it was sold for N600, 000 by Hakeem’s gang.

The market value of that car is N3.5million but he sold it for N600, 000.

Nasarawa pointed out that Hakeem who is a receiver of stolen vehicles lives in Owo and was arrested in Ilorin with the service Pistol of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) found in his possession while one member of the gang died during a shoot -out with police and another transferred to Abuja for further interrogation on various cases of robberies.

• The recovered vehicles.

After the parade by the police, Crime Guard spoke with Hakeem and he confessed that he resorted to robbery because of unemployment and the need to look good and feed his wife and three children.

As usual he attributed his venturing into robbery to the work of Satan and promised that if let off the hook, he would repent from his evil ways.   Asked if his family member especially, his wife knows about his vocation, Hakeem said as long as he supplies all their needs, there was no reason for the wife to question where he gets money from or what he does for a living.   He said that he loves his Children so much and do not want them to suffer or lack good things hence the need for him to look for money by all means.

• The recovered stolen money.

Meanwhile, the Police command has said that the killers of the two business men in Akure recently trailed them from the banks.   Consequently, the command announced a ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada in all the banking premises in the State as a palliative measure to check Okada related criminal activities in the state.   The Police Commissioner Nasarawa said those that killed the two persons rode on Okada and trailed them from the bank.

It would be recalled that the Managing Director of Citicon Nig Ltd Lagos , Mr. Cyril Adegbenro and a 49-year- old cocoa merchant, Mr. Dayo Ogunmola were killed by unidentified gun men in Akure, the Ondo State capital within 24 hours intervals.   Adegbenro was shot dead inside his Toyota Avensis 2008 model marked CY888FST at Ala Government Quarters in Akure while Ogunmola was killed at Ijapo GRA in Akure, the State capital.

• The weapons.

But while the police said that the killers of the business men are armed robbers it is generally believed that it was a case of hired assassins as the money running into over a million naira in the vehicles of the deceased persons was left untouched by their assailants.   Ogunmola had in his vehicle N1.4m while Adegbenro had on him N350, 000 which the police confirmed they recovered from their vehicles after their assailants escaped.

Speaking on other armed robbers paraded, the Police Commissioner said that six of them were arrested for kidnaping one Ademiju Olaniran,  a Vulcanizer who they claimed has been disturbing their nefarious activities in Irele.   The vulcanizer was accused by the suspects of having the effrontery to place an orange laced with nails on the road to frustrate their activities in the area hence they organized and kidnaped him to teach him the lesson of his life.

• Other suspected robbers.

But in an interview, the six suspects denied the allegation saying that they had a misunderstanding with the vulcanizer and he reported them to the police and they found themselves being paraded as kidnappers

Some items recovered from the scene of armed robbery attacks and from the suspected armed robbers, according to the Police boss included locally -made pistols, double barrel guns, charms, Dane guns and live cartridges and over N3million .   The Police Commissioner who said that police authorities in the state have put strategies and measures in place to curb the activities of hoodlums,  allayed fears of members of the public that the state is becoming unsecured.

According to him the police in the state “is on top of the situation and the bandits would soon be brought to book.   I, as the Commissioner of Police, will not fold my arms and watch innocent citizens being killed for no just cause”, he assured.


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