Kunle Ogunleye, nicknamed ‘Arrow’, 35
and Micheal Adikwu, an ex-convict, whom were the wanted armed robbers involved in Offa bank robbery have been arrested by the police.
It will be recalled that the two out of the four gang leaders and principal suspects were declared wanted with their pictures circulated to the media and public on May 4, 2018 following an instruction from the Inspector General of Police.
The press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer from Abuja, ACP Jimoh Moshood, stated that the investigation into the Offa bank Robbery in Kwara State on the 5th April, 2018 as directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, is still ongoing and significant progress and successes are being recorded by the day.
He continued: “out of the Four (4) gang leaders and principal suspects who were declared wanted and their pictures circulated to the media and the public on the 4th of may, 2018 in connection with the Offa bank robbery have been arrested by the joint Police Investigation Team and now in police custody.
“These two (2) vicious and notorious suspects now in Police net confessed to be the gang-leaders of their groups.
Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow 35yrs is a Native of Kwara State, arrested on 20th May, 2018 in Oro town, kwara State. His pictures are displayed below while he was participating in the bank robbery and after he was arrested.
“Micheal Adikwu, is a native of Apa LGA Benue State, a dismissed Police CPL who was arrested, tried and dismissed from the Force and charged to court by the Police in 2012 in Kwara State for criminal conspiracy and aiding the escape from lawful custody of Armed Robbery Suspects. He served three (3) years in prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015. He became a vicious and notorious gang leader of Armed Robbery Syndicate wanted for several armed robberies in Kwara and other States of the North Central and South West. He was arrested by the Joint Investigation Team in Kwara State two (2) weeks ago.
“The arrest of these two (2) gang leaders have brought to twenty two (22) suspects arrested so far by the Nigeria Police Force in connection to the Offa Banks Robbery.
“The two (2) suspects have confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the Offa banks robbery. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation.
“The Nigeria Police Force is deeply appreciating members of the Public and other patriotic Nigerians for the timely information leading to the arrest of most of the twenty two (22) suspects now in Police custody.
“Members of the general public who have any further information about the other wanted suspects still at large should feel free to contact the Police through the following Phone numbers 08062080913, 08126285268, 08032365122, 07056792065, 08088450152. Protection of the informant will be guaranteed by the Police and handsome rewards in addition to the pledge of Five Million (N5,000,000) by Kwara State Government await anyone whose information leads to the arrest of these wanted suspects.
“While the Nigeria Police Force, once again commiserate with the Government and people of Kwara State, most particularly the people of Offa, the Force will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all the perpetrators of the Offa Banks Robbery are rounded up and prosecuted”, says the statement.
Lagos police nab fake EFCC operative, suspected cultist
The Lagos state police command have arrested one Emeka Emmanuel with a fake identity card of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) at the Iyana Iba area of the state.
A statement from the State Police Command on Sunday said operatives also arrested suspected cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, also known as pastor in the Bariga area of the state.
Mr Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, explained that 29-year-old Emeka was apprehended on Saturday night by operatives of the Ojo Police Station while acting on credible intelligence.
The suspect was in possession of a fake EFCC ID card which he uses in parading himself as an EFCC operative. The suspect duped innocent citizens under the pretence of providing them employment with the EFCC as operatives.
“One Olaposi Semiu ‘m’ of Agbara, Lagos who is one of such victimstold police investigators that the suspect collected the sum of N51,000 from him over a month ago with a promise of securing employment for his son as an EFCC operative,” he said.
According to him, the suspect who was also found to be operating an illegal medical facility in his residence confessed to committing the crime.
While the police recovered medical equipment and fake certificates from him, Elkana said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.
He also advised members of the public, especially job seekers to be mindful of the activities of such people in order not to fall prey of their antics.
On the other hand, 31-year-old Olatunde was arrested following sustained monitoring at Oremenunu Ibafo Street in Bariga.
The suspect, according to Elkana, is an ex-convict and is a high ranking member of Eiye Confraternity, terrorising people in Bariga.
“He (Olatunde) has a link with a series of robberies and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on 11th September 2019,” he added.
Elkana said the suspect would also be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.
Another set of 30 kidnap victims released in Katsina
No fewer than thirty set of kidnap victims have been released in Katsina State.
The 30 persons were handed over to the state governor, Aminu Masari on Saturday, bringing the number of persons released so far to 45, as the ongoing peace deal enters its third week.
Addressing the returnees, the Governor Masari assured that his administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the release of others still in captivity.
He also directed that the returnees be taken to the hospital for health checks before heading home to join their families.
One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara told journalists that she was abducted from her matrimonial home with two of her children.
She said that the bandits initially demanded a ransom of N20 million which was later reduced to N6 million, which she said her family couldn’t pay.
She said the suspected bandits used to give them raw rice to cook with only water and salt.
Sani narrated that they slept in an open space for fifty-five (55) days whether it rained or not.
She further disclosed that there were still a lot of people in captivity inside the forest.
The freed victims were later handed over to the transition committee chairmen of Kankara and Jibiya LGs for medical check-up and eventual reunification with their families.
PHOTOS : NDLEA nabs suspected supplier of marijuana to Bokoharam, 20 others in Taraba
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday arrested no fewer than 21 suspected drug dealers in Taraba State.
The suspects, including one person accused of supplying drugs to Boko Haram insurgents, were paraded at the NDLEA office in Jalingo, the state capital.
According to Mr Suleiman Jadi, the state commander of the agency, the officials seized about 299.6 kilograms of drugs within four months of operation.
The NDLEA state commander, also disclosed that Mohammed Ibrahim, one of the suspects said to be a major supplier of drugs to Boko Haram was apprehended with 153 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana.
The NDLEA boss blamed unemployment and peer group influence as the major reasons why youth indulge in drug abuse.
Jadi, who noted that they were faced with various challenges as a unit, disclosed further that nine of the suspects have been charged to court.
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