The police command in Ogun on Thursday said it arrested four suspects who specialised in robbing and killing POS and Uber operators.
The command’s spokeswoman Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement.
Mr Oyeyemi explained that police detectives arrested the suspects (Kehinde Jelili, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye, and Jamiu Akinola) following an attack on a POS operator.
A POS attendant, Aanu Salaudeen, had lodged a report at Onipanu Divisional Headquarters on April 18 that her boss, Abiodun Odebunmi, left his office at Aparadija, the previous day, to meet a customer with cash of N4 million to be used for POS transaction.
According to her, the boss had not been seen since then, and calls made to his mobile phone did not go through. She added that her boss had had a transaction of N1.5 million with the customer.
Ms Salaudeen further stated that the same person called her boss to meet him at Ojuore to do another POS transaction of N4 million.
“Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. Their efforts paid off when the dead and burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at Arobieye area of Ota without the trace of his assailants,” the police said. “The case was transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department on the order of the commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun.”
The police statement disclosed that CSP Femi Olabode led a homicide team, based on intelligence, to Otun Ekiti, where the suspect was found.
“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara,” the statement added.
The police arrested him at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos.
According to the police, Mr Jelili confessed to killing the victim, revealing how he and his gang macheted him to death. Apart from targetting POS operators, Mr Jelili’s gang also targeted Uber drivers.
Also, the suspect stated further that he and his gang attacked a victim, Idowu Ademiluyi, at Itori, snatching his Toyota Corolla car after killing him.
The suspect’s arrest led the detectives to Mr Akinola, a standby buyer of stolen goods. The confessional statements of the duo led to the arrest of Messrs Fakeye and Jamiu at Atan Ota and Owode Yewa, respectively.
A Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla, and a Toyota Rav4, whose owners had been gruesomely murdered, were recovered from the gang.