Three youths, named as Sodiq Awokoya, Odunayo Samson, and Jimoh Rilwan, all aged between 17 and 18, have been detained by Ogun state police officers for the suspected murder of rider Bashiru Umaru and the subsequent theft of his motorbike.
Tollgate location in Ogere, where the suspects went to sell the dead motorbike, was where they were caught on the 8th of October.
According to DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state police command’s spokesman, the customer grew suspicious when the three suspects gave contradictory stories of how they obtained the motorbike and requested the papers before he could purchase it. At response to the buyer’s alert, the police in Ogere divisional headquarters sent CSP Abiodun Ayinde and his colleagues to the site, where they arrested the three offenders.
''On interrogation, they informed the police that the motorcycle was stolen from Iperu Remo, and they were subsequently handed over to police in Iperu division. Coincidentally, it was the time the relations of the deceased came to lodge complaint about their missing person that the police brought the suspects from Ogere with the stolen motorcycle. On sighting the motorcycle, the relatives of the deceased quickly identified it, and informed the police that the motorcycle brought with the suspects belongs to their missing brother. Upon the information, the policemen intensified their investigation into the case, and the suspects later confirmed that they actually snatched the motorcycle, and that the owner is being tied to a tree in a bush. In order to rescue the victim, the policemen quickly led the suspects to the bush, but surprisingly, they have hacked him to death before taking away the motorcycle. Further investigation revealed that Samson Odunayo was the person, who called the deceased to take him to somewhere in Iperu, unknown to the okada man that he had already informed Sodiq Awokoya to wait in a bush along Ona Eri area of Iperu with cutlass and other dangerous weapons. On getting to the point, Samson Odunayo ordered the deceased to stop because he has gotten to his destination. While the deceased was waiting to collect his money, Sodiq Awokoya came out with a cutlass and hacked him down. While wriggling in pain, Samson Awokoya moved near him and squeezed his neck until he gave up the ghost. They searched his pocket and found the sum of #5,500 which they also took away. Further investigation revealed that this is the second robbery operations carried out by the suspects. Their first victim was safe from been killed by the Intervention of Jimoh Rilwan who appealed to the other two to spare the life of the victim having robbed him of cash sum of #4,500, and that was the reason why Samson and Sodiq didn't carried him along during their second operation.'' the statement read
It was also revealed by Abimbola that the motorbike and the cutlass they used to execute the victims had been found. Abimbola After the inquiry is complete, he plans to charge the suspects in court, according to State Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole, who has ordered their immediate transfer to the state criminal investigation and intelligence agency for discreet investigation.