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Police arrest 4 for murder, robbery in Ekiti

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested a man, Kazeem Babalola, 33, for allegedly killing three persons in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Babalola was alleged to have killed one man identified as Soji and two others, Adeola Adebayo and Tope Gana, at different locations in 2018 and had since taken to their heels.

The state’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba who, on Monday, paraded them, in Ado-Ekiti, said on May 28, 2019 about 10:00p.m, the suspect, who confessed to be a member of the Supreme Eiye Confraternity group, was arrested in Ado-Ekiti by Special Anti-Robbery Squad following information from the public.

Amba’s words, “The suspect was alleged to have been involved in the killing of one Soji ‘m’ at Orita Blessing Area, Okeila Ado-Ekiti sometimes in December, 2018 and Tope Gana at Atikankan Area, Ado-Ekiti in the month of January, 2019.

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“The suspect is also alleged to belong to a group of armed men who shot at one Adebayo Adeola at Yahooze barbing shop, Okeila Ado -Ekiti in 2018”.

Narrating how the suspect attacked Adeola,  Amba said, “On  May 28, about 7.30p.m. based on the antecedent of the suspect which was known by his victim, the suspect attacked the complainant, undressed her and damaged her Itel handset in order to destroy evidence of his criminal antecedents”.

Amba added that on May 2, 2019, that his officers and men arrested one Omotoyinbo Samuel, a suspected notorious armed robber, after being tracked to the residence of one Ajewole Peter at Ilesa, Osun State.

The Commissioner said, “On arrival of the Command operatives at the scene, Ajewole Peter was arrested while Omotoyinbo Samuel escaped.

“The arrested suspect led the Command operatives to Iyin-Ekiti where a locally made single barrel gun; one of the guns they are using to unleash robbery attacks was recovered.

“Investigation revealed that the suspects have been engaged in series of armed robbery in Ekiti State and its environs. Investigation is still in progress”.

CP Amba revealed that the police also arrested one Theddeaus Diala after he and his gang trailed one Fasanmi Gabriel from United Bank for Africa, in Ado-Ekiti, where he went to collect a sum of N2 million.

The police boss said Fasanmi alerted the Police which led to the arrest of the suspect.

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“Upon investigation, the arrested suspect confessed that himself and two other members of the group namely: Eze Ikechukwu and Okechukwu second name unknown wanted to rob Fasanmi Gabriel.

“Investigation was intensified and another member of the gang namely Eze Ikechukwu was arrested and both confessed that they had robbed at ten different places within Ado metropolis and so many places in Akure, Ondo State and Osogbo, Osun State, respectively.

“Among their victims in Ado-Ekiti are Fasanmi Gabriel and Esan Abiodun”

Amba stated that exhibits recovered from the suspects are one master key which they were using to force open vehicles of their victims and one Toyota Camry car with Registration Number RRT 09NZ suspected to be stolen”.

He said the suspects further confessed that they were formerly robbing in Ghana before coming to Nigeria and that their group is made up of nine men who are at large at present “.

The CP disclosed that all the suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.