The Oyo State Police Command have arrested 10 suspected armed robbers for stealing 410 generators and 560 gallons of oil worth forty million naira (N40m).
These suspects were arrested by SARS operatives after hijacking the trailer loaded with the goods at Akinyele Area, along Ibadan/Oyo Expressway. While parading the suspects at the Police headquarters in the state, the commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu stated clearly as follows;
“Based on credible information that some notorious hoodlums who specialized in hijacking and diverting trailer loaded with goods on the highways had highjacked a Mack trailer loaded with new SUMEC portable generators at Akinyele Area, along Ibadan/Oyo Expressway, and diverted the goods valued about Forty million (N40m), to an unknown destination.
“The SARS operatives swung into action, carried out discreet investigation, and in the process, the following members of the criminal gang who identified themselves as Adekunle Awoyode, (criminal reciever), Sarafadeen Abiodun (truck driver), Ismail Oyelowo (criminal recieved), Abiodun Azeez, Sulaimon Olamilekan, Olasode Hammed (motor boy), Jelili Olowoaje (criminal reciever), Hamish Tafa (criminal reciever), Quadri Afeez (criminal reciever), and Wasilat Taiwo (criminal reciever), were arrested.
“Exhibits recovered include, 410 pieces of new brand SUMEC portable generators, 560 4litres gallons of Conoil Engine oil, a Mark truck with registration no EKY 743 XF and one Toyota Camry Car with Reg no SMK 591 EQ” Olukolu said.
The receiver of the stolen goods who claimed Wasilat Taiwo, claimed not to know they were stolen goods. She however disclosed that she was promised N1m if the business works out.
“They told me that the goods was oil, and I will be giving one million naira if the deal works out, am a provision seller, am not selling generator” she said.
The truck driver Sarafadeen Abiodun, also admitted being promised N1m on completion of sales of the generators and engine oil loaded from Lagos and expected to be delivered in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.