The Oyo State Police Command has recovered eight vehicles from a robbery syndicate. The arrested suspects were Badejo Festus, aka Otinan, 22; Owaidiegwu Felix; and Nasiru Olanihun, 21.
Festus was released from Agodi prison in May. The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, while parading the suspects at the state police headquarters in Ibadan, said their arrest was made possible after a receiver of one of the stolen vehicles was arrested in Sango area of Ibadan on June 8.
Odude said, “A syndicate that specialised in stealing vehicles from where they were parked has been smashed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command. The arrest of three members of the syndicate at about 8 pm on June 8, 2017 was made possible following intelligence received about the nefarious activities of the gang.
“One of the criminal receivers was arrested by the Sango Police Division on June 8, 2017, while he was trying to sell a car, which was earlier stolen from where it was parked at Agbaje area, Ibadan on May 26, 2017. Further investigation coupled with credible intelligence carried out by the special squad led to the arrest of the kingpin in Ibadan.”
The vehicles recovered from the gang included: Toyota Corolla with number plate EKY920AZ; Toyota Camry with chassis number 4T1BG12KTU755773; Toyota Camry with chassis number 4TIBG22KIYU694485; Toyota Camry car with chassis number 4TIBG28K6WU193693; Honda CRV with number plate KTU491ES and chassis number JALRD185XVC042878; an unregistered Land Rover with chassis number SAL1NABG114594727; Honda CRV with number plate KSF11BJ and chassis number JHLRE487X8CO15233DSD; and Toyota Camry with number plate MG751KJA.