By Dayo Johnson
FOUR months after three men: Akinjemiyan Babayomi, Akingbade Adewoleoye and another whose identity is unknown aged over 60 years who used to work as security guards in two secondary schools in Ondo State were gruesomely murdered in cold blood, their killers have been apprehended by the security operatives in the state.
The suspects were arrested when the mobile telephones of the murdered guards were found in their possession. Vanguard gathered that four suspected killers of the security guards are now in police custody. The elderly security men were reportedly killed by the assailants who invaded two separate schools in the state on November 6, last year and burgled the computer room.
In the process, the killers according to a Police source committed the dastardly act when the security guards prevented them from carting away computers and other accessories from the school computer rooms. The suspects namely Alhassam Abudu 20, Akinola Dada 28, Mohammed Ahmed 20 , Olotu Ayoola 47, unleashed mayhem in Igushi/Eriji Community Grammar School and Olofin Anglican Grammar School both in Idanre area of the state.
Vanguard learnt that the suspects made away with a large number of Laptops, value yet unknown. The leader of the gang, Asigoro Rotimi is still at large. Findings by Vanguard showed that two of the suspects were arrested while in possession of the mobile phones of the murdered security guards in different areas of the state and outside the state. The suspects after killing the security guards went away with their telephones, converting them to their personal use. Detectives later tracked the telephones picking up two of the suspects who led them to other suspects.
It was discovered that one of the suspects Ahmed Muhammed whose father was a former staff of one of the schools that was burgled gave information to the leader of the gang that when he visited his father in the school he discovered that the state government supplied new computers and other accessories to schools across the state.
Speaking with vanguard, Ahmed confirmed that he got to know that new computers were supplied to the school through his father. The suspect who was an apprentice with an aluminium fabricating company said that he gave out the information to his friend who assured him that they could make “ good money if they stole the computers and sold them in Lagos.” He said that they would have sold the computers but for the name of the schools inscribed on them.
“We were able to clean the inscriptions on some of the computers and about to sell them when we were arrested. According to him: “We were about finishing with the removal of the inscriptions on the computers when the police detectives came to arrest us.” Another suspect, Akinola Dada, said they never had the intention of killing the security guards.
“When we arrived at the school, one of the security guards saw us and before they could get up to attack us we overpowered them and tied them to the tree so that we could do our job. We did not know they will die in the process’’ he said.
But police detectives said the suspect was economical with the truth as the security guards were strangled by the suspects on arrival at the school so as to have a field day. Vanguard learnt that the security guards who were elderly men hardly put up any resistance. Their bodies were discovered by teachers the following day which was a Monday. Vanguard gathered that the suspects have confessed to the crime.
Seven public secondary schools across Ondo state have been robbed by men of the underworld within a spate of two months and hundreds of laptops supplied by the state government carted away. Findings revealed that their mode of operation were similar and the targeted schools were the ones just supplied the stolen laptops.
The robbery syndicate operated in the other schools which include Methodist high school, Idanre, Aqinas college, Akure, Fiwasaye Girls Grammar school, Akure and Methodist high school, Okitipupa. Vanguard gathered that the three night guards that were murdered in the two different Schools may have recognized the robbers .
Speaking with Vanguard, the Education Commissioner Jide Adejuyigbe described the arrest of the suspects as a plus to the state police Command. Adejuyigbe who commended the security operatives for the feat said that others still at large should be smoked out of their hideout and made to face the full weight of the law. The Commissioner said that the state government is on top of the situation and that such lapses would not happened again.
Speaking with Vanguard, the Principal of Olofin Grammar . School,Mr Patrick Adenonye described the robbery and murder of two night guards in the school as sad. According to him 111 laptops were carted away by the robbers from the school. The Police Commissioner, Mike Ogbodu, said that the four suspects would soon be charged to court after the completion of police investigation. Ogbodu added that the fleeing gang leader would soon be arrested.