Working fearlessly to curb the rate of crime in the state, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Leye Oyebade reported that not less than 21 suspected armed robbers were arrested in various parts of the state. Most of the suspects were ex-convicts recently released from prison.
Among the suspects was a six-man gang comprising of young men in their 20s. These young gangsters operate fully in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Ilorin. The names of the suspects are; Aliu Azeez, age 28; Olanrewaju Ajayi, age 23; Kehinde Abiodun, age 28; Adeleke ADeyemi, age 26; Teslim Muhammed, age 26; and Adamu Muhammed, age 23. Leader of the gang, Teslim Muhammed, said they were arrested after taking delivery of guns in Ilorin. He said,
We are yet to make use of the weapons when we were arrested. After the guys who brought the guns to us were arrested, they implicated us and brought the police to our hideout in Agbabiaka area of Ilorin. The guns were actually brought to me. We all met at different occasions. I knew Azeez through a friend called Tosin.
The Police Commissioner; Leye Oyebade said the suspects were caught while making plans to carry out a robbery operation. Items recovered from them include a three cut-to-size double-barrelled guns, three locally made pistols, 14 live cartridges, three computer laptops, 29 assorted mobile phones, two digital cameras, six cutlasses, four jack knives, one saw blade, three spanners, one hammer, one nail pinchers and assorted criminal charms.
Another gang of suspected robbers were arrested by the police command who shot their victim after robbing him of a Toyota Camry car with number plate DL 994 LLD on April 26 in Olorunda-Aba area of Ibadan. One of the suspects, Kamaru Ganiyu, was released from a prison in Oyo State in February, but returned to criminal activities soon after his release. Other members of the gang are Agu Onyeka, Biodun Jamiu, Dare Azeez and Nurudeen Bilawu.