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Police arrest 3-man armed robbery syndicate, recovers 6 stolen vehicles

Soji Ajibola

Police have confirmed the arrest of a three-man armed robbery syndicate with recovery of six stolen vehicles in Ibadan, Oyo state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command at the Force Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

Onadeko said that the suspects, Habeeb Azeez, Seun Azeez and Olawale Rasaq specialized in car theft and stealing of other valuables, adding that they have been terrorizing the people of Ibadan and the neighbourhood before they met their waterloo.

She said that members of the criminal gang invaded the residence of one Kunle Azeez at Idi-Ayunre in Oluyole Local Government Area of the state and dispossessed him of his valuables including an expensive cell phones, gold wristwatches, cash sum of N500,000 and Toyota Corolla car with registration number FST 33 EY.

According to her, The armed robbers were later intercepted by Police operatives who were on routine anti-crime patrol at Idi-Ayunre along Ijebu-Ode road in the process the armed robbers abandoned the stolen car and fled.

‘‘The case was later referred to this unit and, after a discreet investigation, the kingpin of the armed robbery syndicate was arrested in his hideout.

‘’Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and series of such criminal activities he had masterminded with his syndicate members,” she said.

Ngozi added that his confession led to the arrest of two other suspects who are alleged to be in custody of the stolen items.

Items recovered from the suspects, as disclosed by the Commissioner of Police include, Toyota Camry cars, a.k.a Envelop, and one Toyota Corrola car.

She said that the suspects would be arraigned in court after conclusion of the police investigation.

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