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Police arrest 2 over diversion of N2.7m beer in Ogun

…Suspects given away by tracking device

By Evelyn Usman & Daud Olatunji

Two suspected members of a robbery gang, who reportedly hijacked a truck-load of beer valued at N2.7 million, have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command in Shagamu.

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Preliminary investigation, as gathered, revealed that the truck, with number plates LEW 615 XA, left Ilesha, Osun State weekend, to deliver the liquor around Iragbiri area of the state.

Midway into the journey, three armed men intercepted the truck and diverted the goods elsewhere.

The command boss, Ahmed Iliyasu, told Vanguard that the vehicle’s tracking device indicated that it was heading towards Shagamu.

According to Iliyasu, “on the strength of the distress call, the Area Commander of Shagamu, Ibrahim Muhammad, quickly put all patrol teams around the area on red alert, to be on lookout for the truck and the armed men.”

During interrogation, the suspect, identified as Saheed Omotosho, disclosed that the product had been delivered to a receiver whose identity he gave as Adijat Azeez, at Ode-Remo area of Ogun State.

The receiver was subsequently arrested, while the diverted goods were recovered in a warehouse.

The suspects, according to Iliyasu, have been transferred to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, for discreet investigation with a view to arresting other fleeing members, even as he implored members of the public to report any crime committed in their areas to the Police, assuring all of prompt response.


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