How Ex-Convicts Formed A Robbery Gang In Prison, Got Arrested – Police

A File Photo showing an officer holding a bunch of handcuffs at SARS headquarters in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The police say they have arrested two former convicts who formed an armed robbery gang while serving jail terms at a custodial centre in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Both men, identified as Abiodun Oshoba and Mustapha Sakiru, were arrested by security operatives in connection with a motorcycle robbery, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyeni, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday.

The owner of the bike, Aminu Iliyasu, was said to have lodged a complaint at the Sagamu Police Station, saying he was robbed of his motorcycle by the suspects at gunpoint.

He explained that the ex-convicts pretended to be passengers and boarded his motorcycle, requesting that he should take them to a hotel at the G.R.A area of Sagamu, a town in the state.

On their way to the place, the suspects reportedly brought out a gun and ordered their victim to stop, after which they dispossessed him of the bike and made away with it.

Following the report by Iliyasu, the Divisional Police Officer for Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade, was said to have mobilised his men and in conjunction with members of the vigilante group, they blocked all the exit points in the area and commenced a stop and search operation.

“Their efforts yielded a positive result when the motorcycle was sighted at one of the exit points, ridden by Abiodun Oshoba with the plate number folded, and on sighting the policemen, he abandoned the bike and took to his heels.

“He was chased and apprehended by the policemen, and his arrest led to the arrest of his accomplice, Mustapha Sakiru. A locally made pistol with one live cartridge was said to have been recovered from them,” the statement said.

It added, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the duo met in Igbeba prison where they served different jail terms and decided to form a gang after their terms in the prison.

“While Sakiru Mustapha was jailed in 2016 for hijacking a truck, Abiodun Oshoba was jailed in 2019 for snatching a phone; both of them came out of prison in 2020 and decided to continue their devilish trade.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Awolowo, ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) for discreet investigation and prosecution.

Two Members Of Notorious Armed Robbery Syndicate Arrested In Katsina

 

Two members of a seven-man armed robbery syndicate have been arrested by the police in Katsina State.

Those apprehended include Aliyu Mohammed, aged 38-years-old and Jamilu Tijjani aged 30-years-old.

The suspects according to the police, are responsible for terrorizing Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and its environs.

In a press briefing held at the command headquarters on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah disclosed that the duo were arrested Monday, based on credible intelligence gathered by the Anti Kidnapping squad.

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“Today at about 07:00 hours, the command received a distress call that armed Robbers numbering seven (7) armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked the residence of one Honourable Umaru Abdullahi Zimbo, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Kangiwa Federal Constituency of Kebbi State and stole away his motor vehicle, Toyota Prado Jeep with registration number ABC 79 GC.

“The hoodlums also made away with household items such as electronics and laptop computers.

“In the course of the investigation, one Toyota Prado Jeep with registration number ABC 79 GC, a motor vehicle plate number HMHR 267 A, and a jammer (Anti Tracking Device) were recovered from the possession of the hoodlums.

“Investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the syndicate,” the police stateman stated.

He further noted that the suspects have both confessed to the commission of the crime, stating that the stolen vehicle was meant to be delivered to an individual along the Katsina/Niger Republic border axis.

We Will Decimate Cultism, Robbery In Lagos – CP Hakeem Odumosu

 

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has again reiterated his commitment to getting Lagos rid of armed robbers and cultists with the adoption of Community Policing strategies.

The police chief made the assertion today Saturday 2nd January 2021, while dishing out instructions on Police Communication Network to officers and men of the command on the need to take the battle against armed robbery and cultism to their dens across the state.

While briefing the Commissioner of police on their achievements, the commander RRS CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and Divisional Police Officer, Akodo Division, Ajah, respectively informed that their teams arrested 10 suspected armed robbers and 2 Aiye Confraternity members at various locations in the state.

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RRS operatives, led by the Commander RRS, on patrol in Lekki, in the early hours of Friday 1st January 2021, arrested two suspected robbers operating on motorcycles and eight (8) suspected criminals in their various hideouts.

The suspected robbers are Hussein Hudu,m, (23) and Ibrahim Bello,m, (25) while one Adamu Zango (35), still at large, viciously attacked and stabbed one Robert at the back around 4am on Friday, in a bid to dispossess him of his bag and mobile phones. Preliminary investigation reveals that the trio connived, converged and lodged on Obalende Area, Lagos, in preparation for their robbery operation.

Items recovered from the robbery suspects include two knives and their operational motorcycle with Registration Number AGL 808 QL

Meanwhile, eight (8) suspected criminals including three (3) suspected cultists, five (5) drug dealers and takers were, in an all-night patrol on new year’s eve, picked up at different locations within the state. The suspects include Kabiru Tajudeen, m, Ibrahim Hamed, m,.Elijah Ogbonna, m, Daniel Emmanuel, m, Chukwuma Abiaza,m, Rafiu Kolawole, m, Ibrahim Ogundimu,m, and Nwerrih Elvis,m.

Similarly, the police operatives attached to Akodo Division arrested two (2) suspected members of Aiye Confraternity at Eleko Beach in an attempt to attack their targets in the area on Saturday 2nd January 2021 at 1 pm.

The suspects are Adegbenga Balogun, M, 25, and Temitope Yusuf, M, 24. Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol with some live cartridges and some charms.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to State CID, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and prosecution.

CP Hakeem Odumosu reaffirms his zero tolerance for crimes and social vices, especially cultism which is the root of all violent crimes. He further vows to take the battle to their dens and flush them out of Lagos State according to the provisions of the law. “No room for armed robbers and cultists in Lagos”.

Robbery, Kidnap Suspects Escape From Police Custody

A file photo of a signpost of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar.

 

Some armed robbery and kidnap suspects have escaped from police custody in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

The suspects escaped from the Headquarters of the Police Command along the Diamond Hill Road in Calabar.

While reports say about 19 suspects fled the police facility, Ugbo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, disagreed with the figure.

She stressed that three suspects made their way out of custody and two were gunned down by the police.

The command spokesperson added that the other suspect had been rearrested.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

                            PRESS STATEMENT

                 RE: ESCAPE FROM LAWFUL CUSTODY.

The attention of the Commissioner of police Cross River State Police Command, CP Abdulkadir Jinmoh has been drawn to the unverified exasperated item making round some social media platform, to the effects that nineteen suspected armed robbers and kidnappers escaped from police custody.

It’s on the above that the commissioner of police wishes to update the general public on 13th December 2020 at about 5am seven detainees who were in the custody of one the command’s outfits for various offences escaped from the cell.

However, three of them died in the process of escaping, while one is rearrested. meanwhile, effort is being intensified to apprehend other fleeing culprits.

By this announcement, the command urge mischief makers to always confirm fact and figures, before sending such for public consumption as this can cause panic or unnecessary tension in the state.

In the same vein, the command will not renege but have resolved to confront all forms of criminality no matter their scheme before, during, and after the Yuletide season.

Finally, the command solicits genuine information from private individuals, corporate bodies, and good-spirited citizens at all times, for enhanced performance and quality service delivery, please.

                                               DSP IRENE UGBO

                                  POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

                                                 FOR COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

                                               CROSS RIVER STATE COMMAND

 

 

Ekiti Bank Robbery: Police Declare Suspect Wanted

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

The Ekiti State Police Command has declared one Samuel Omotoyinbo wanted following the recent bank robbery that took place in Iyin Ekiti last week.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abutu Sunday.

According to the statement, the police authorities called on anyone with a clue that could lead to his arrest to notify the nearest police station.

Omotoyinbo with the nicknames Badoo and Eleven (11) was first declared wanted by the state Police Command some three weeks back for similar allegations.

                 EKITI STATE POLICE COMMAND

PRESS RELEASE

WANTED PERSON

 

The Ekiti State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that one Omotoyinbo Samuel has again been declared wanted by the Nigeria Police. He is suspected to have led the gang of armed Robbers who recently attacked the branch of WEMA Bank in Iyin-Ekiti.

  1. Our Investigation so far has revealed how Omotoyinbo Samuel actively participated in the Bank robbery as mastermind and other robberies, kidnapping and murder incidents in Ekiti State and Ondo State.

 

  1. His real name is Omotoyinbo Samuel but popularly called ELEVEN(11) in Ekiti State and BADO in Ondo State. He is an indigene of iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State where the recent bank robbery incident took place.

The Command implores any person with useful information that could lead to his arrest to please contact the nearest Police Station or the SARS Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086.

 

ASP ABUTU SUNDAY

PPRO

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

EKITI STATE COMMAND

Two Suspects Arrested In Attempt To Commit Robbery

Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga were arrested by a team of policemen in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspects on their way to a robbery operation along the Awa-Ijebu – Ijebu Ode expressway in south-west Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He identified the suspects as 32-year-old Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga, who is also 32 years.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were accosted on the expressway on Tuesday last week when the Divisional Police Officer in Awa-Ijebu, Adewalehinmi Joseph, led a team of security operatives on routine patrol in the area.

He stated that the suspects who were on a motorcycle quickly jumped down on sighting the policemen and took to their heels.

“They were hotly chased and one of them – Odukoya Ayomide – was apprehended with a locally made cut to size double barrel gun while the second suspect escaped through the nearby bush.

“The arrested suspect informed the police on interrogation that his fleeing partner was the person who invited him from Ijebu-Ode for robbery operation and that they were just going to carry out the operation when they were accosted by the police,” the command’s spokesman said.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

According to him, information obtained from the arrested suspect led the police to Sagamu where  Oyenuga, his fleeing partner was arrested on Friday last week.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) unit for discreet investigation.

He also warned criminally-minded persons to leave Ogun State, adding that the command would make it too hot for them under his watch.

Two Men Sentenced To 21 Years Imprisonment For Robbery

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A Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area has sentenced two men, Kingsley Baba and Bashiru Musa, to 21 years imprisonment each each for robbery.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye, who delivered the judgment via virtual proceedings, found the two defendants guilty of robbing their boss, Mrs Olutosin Abiola Oshinowo, at Ikoyi, Lagos.

In 2017, The Lagos State Government arraigned the defendants in on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.

The court heard that the duo and others at large robbed two people, Mrs Olutosin Abiola Oshinowo and one Desmond Wester while armed with offensive weapons and stole a laptop, cash, jewellery and an ATM card.

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The offences were said to have been committed in December 8, 2015, at about 3:30am at No.10 Samuel Oloje St., Purview Estate, Ajah, Lagos.

The defendants were arrested by the police and had been in custody since 2015.

According to the prosecutor, the offences, contravened Sections 295(2)and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The duo however pleaded not guilty and were remanded at a correctional centre, following which trial commenced.

In the judgment, Justice Akintoye held that the evidence of three prosecution witnesses established that a robbery was committed on December 8, 2015.

“The evidence before the court substantiated that a robbery took place but not armed robbery.

“In this case there was no eye witness account to the offence of armed robbery as none of the prosecution witnesses saw the defendants with any weapon.

“Section 166 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) provides that a person charged with an offence can be convicted and punished with another offence as if he was charged with that offence.

“If a defendant did not take part in armed robbery but took part in robbery, he will be convicted on Section 295(1) and not Section 295(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

“The question here is whether the defendants took part in the robbery.

“The evidence before the court is that the second defendant (Musa) claimed to be asleep when the robbery took place despite the loud noises.

“I find it hard to believe that the second defendant slept all through the entire commotion, doors were broken and gun shots heard.

“The investigating police office gave evidence that it was Musa who asked the first defendant (Baba) and others at large that they should try to rob his madam.

“It is my opinion that Musa did act in a manner to enable others to commit robbery.

“Also the confessional statement of the first defendant (Baba) stated that Musa aided in the robbery.

“The prosecution sufficiently linked the second defendant to the commission of the robbery.

“I hold that the second defendant is guilty of robbing Mrs Olutosin Abiola Oshinowo,” Akintoye said.

The judge also held that the prosecution could not prove the offence of robbery or armed robbery against the second defendant in count three with regard to armed robbery against one Desmond Wester.

She said that the prosecution, however, proved the offence of conspiracy to commit robbery against the first and second defendants.

She said evidence before the court stated that prior before the robbery, PW2(Victim) stated that she has seen the first and second defendants together in front of her house smoking Indian hemp.

The judge also said that the first defendant admitted in his statement that he discussed the robbery with the second defendant and one Emmanuel and Bright still at large.

“To my mind the complicity in the robbery has been established and the conspiracy to commit the robbery has also been established.

“The second defendant Bashiru Musa is found guilty of count two of robbery contrary to Section 295(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and he is not guilty of count three alone.

“The defendants are hereby convicted.

“I therefore sentence the first and second defendants on count one to 21 years imprisonment each, less their period of remand.

“The second defendant is sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on count two, less his period of remand. The sentence leveled on the second defendant shall run concurrently.

“On count three the second defendant is found not guilty. This is the sentence of this court,” Akintoye held.

Lagos Court Sentences Two Men To Death For Robbery

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A Lagos State High Court sitting in the Igbosere area has sentenced two robbers, Williams Udoh and Ubong Isaiah, to death for armed robbery.

The Director of Public Affairs at the State Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday

According to the statement, the court sentenced Isaiah to death on Wednesday for armed robbery while Udoh was sentenced to separate 21 years imprisonment for rape at the scene of the crime.

The two robbers were arraigned by the Lagos State government on an amended five-count on June 29, 2017.

The defendants, who pleaded not guilty, robbed the residents of Shepherd Estate in Ijegun on August 2, 2015, during which the first defendant (Udoh) raped one of the victims on her matrimonial bed.

They were arrested by the police and arraigned for conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery, offences which contravened the Criminal Justice Act of Lagos State.

The prosecutor and Solicitor General/ Permanent Secretary at the ministry, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, had urged the court to sentence the defendants accordingly having found them guilty of the charges against them.

She noted that the testimonies of six witnesses, including the victim of rape and armed robbery, confirmed the allegations of the crime against Udoh and Isaiah.

The trial judge, Justice Atinuke Ipaye, stated that the evidence provided by the prosecutor’s witnesses was credible, compelling, and cogent to the ground of the conviction of the defendants.

Justice Ipaye found the two robbers guilty of the charge, saying they were punishable under Sections 261, 297, and 295 (2) of the Criminal Law, CH, C.17 Vol 13 Laws of Lagos State 2015.

“You are hereby sentenced to death on the counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery while the first defendant William Udoh is further sentenced to 21years imprisonment for the offence of rape,” the judge ruled.

Police Arraign Five Suspects Arrested Over Abuja Failed Bank Robbery

A file photo of four of the suspects paraded at the FCT Police Command in Abuja on December 31, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The police have arraigned five suspects arrested in connection with the failed robbery attack on a commercial bank in Abuja.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, seven weeks after they were said to have committed the crime.

They were charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and illicit possession of firearms.

When the charges were read to them, all the suspects pleaded not guilty.

Upon taking their plea, the lead prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, made an oral application for the court to give both parties a week for the commencement of the trial.

He informed the court that the police were ready to present seven witnesses to testify in the case.

On his part, David Ochimana, who is the counsel to the first defendant and the alleged mastermind of the robbery, Larry Ehizo, aligned himself with the application of the prosecution counsel.

Trapped, Busted!

The suspects were said to have attacked the bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the nation’s capital on December 28, 2010.

They reportedly gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

In what looked like a scene out of a movie, scores of residents converged on the area to watch what they had seen on the screen in reality.

Unfortunately for the suspects, the hope of successful and well-planned operation was dashed as they came to the end of their road after they were trapped inside the bank.

 

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS).

The security team arrived shortly after the suspects began the operation and positioned themselves strategically in the area to prevent the assailants from escaping.

The suspects eventually met their waterloo during an exchange of gunfire with the security personnel, resulting in the death of one of them while four others were arrested.

PHOTOS: Police Parade Four Suspects Linked To Abuja Bank Robbery

The four suspects paraded at the FCT Police Command in Abuja on December 31, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

 

The police have paraded four suspects for their alleged involvement in Saturday’s bank robbery in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Three of the suspects are said to be part of the group of armed men that attacked the bank while the fourth man is an official of the bank.

The four men were paraded on Tuesday at the Headquarters of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command.

This comes three days after gunmen stormed a commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the nation’s capital.

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The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

This attracted the attention of many residents in the area who came out to witness what looked like a robbery scene out of a movie.

The assailants, however, came to the end of the road in the bid to carry out a successful and well-planned operation as they were trapped inside the bank.

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

The suspects, thereafter, engaged the security team in gunfire, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.

Following the incident, some Nigerians took to Twitter in various hilarious reactions as many described the robbery attack as scenes from popular series – Money Heist.

See the photos of the parade below:

One Chance Operation On The Increase In Abuja

 

Robbing of passengers in commercial vehicles known as one chance is a growing threat to security in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Residents of the city have ugly tales to tell following the loss of their valuables to the criminals almost on daily basis.

One of them is Chris Agabi, who recalled his nasty experience in the hands of the fraudsters said he was robbed of his bank account after being held hostage.

“At about 2 pm, they abducted me and took me to an unknown place. They held me hostage in the car, took my ATM and made sure the pin I gave them was correct.

“They want to the nearest ATM around Kado and withdrew all that was left in my two accounts and went and dropped me around Kado estate,” he said.

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Similarly, another victim, Christiana Uzoba, said she played into the tricks of the criminals while visiting a bereaved family member.

“I boarded this taxi at about 6:15 to 6:20am. There was a guy in front and a lady so I was the last person that joined the taxi.

“After boarding the taxi, before we got to Jaiz bank, they started beating me. They were beating me, suppressed and forced me in between the car seat to ensure I don’t exercise any form of struggle.

“They blindfolded me, collected my bag containing my office laptop. They went through my phone and saw all the messages. So they instructed me to transfer the money I had in my Zenith, Diamond and GT bank accounts.

“They made sure I wiped off all the money I had. They had POS, they withdrew from the POS. At some point the POS wasn’t paying. They started driving around town, blasting music in their car so even if I wanted to scream, nobody would hear me,” she said.

Two Suspects Arrested Over Attack On Maersk MD’s Family

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery attack on the residence of the Managing Director of Maersk Nig. Ltd., Gildas Tohouo.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Cul-De-Sac compound on Lugard Avenue in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

The suspects – Olamide Goke (an in-house electrician) and Ade Akanbi (his accomplice) had carried out the attack on the family while pretending to be in the building to rectify an electrical fault.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident and the arrest to Channels Television.

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He explained that men of the Lagos State Police Command moved into the area shortly after the incident occurred and arrested the suspects.

Elkana disclosed that Tohouo’s wife, Bernadette, a Hungarian and mother of three, died from injuries sustained from the attack.

On his part, Tohouo was critically injured and has been taken to an undisclosed hospital in the Victoria Island axis of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer added that the suspects have been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Department, Panti in Yaba, for discreet investigation and subsequent prosecution.