The alleged killers of Adeniyi Sanni, an aide to the senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun State at the national assembly, Senator Solomon Adeola have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
Penpushing reports that the Commissioner of Police Idowu Owohunwa, while parading the three suspects at the police headquarters in Ikeja of Lagos State said they were arrested from Lagos, Oyo and Delta States
The Commissioner said the gang shot dead Sanni on his way home and his corpse was later dumped close to a military barrack around Toyota bus stop in Oshodi, Lagos State in the early hours of 5 August, 2023.
Penpushing further reports that the police boss gave identities of the alleged robbery gang as include Fred Azeez Okunnu,(43), Lucky Michael,(33) and Adedigba Segun (26),recalling that the suspects on the fateful day between 1am and 2am. flagged down the deceased’s car and requested to see his vehicle documents.
The Commissioner of Police explained that one of the gang was dressed in military uniform, and shortly thereafter they demanded for documents of car, which was handed over to them by Sanni, but the gang insisted on taking him to barrack
‘In this incident, after seeing the papers, they insisted on taking the victim to their base. Once they entered the vehicle, it dawned on Mr Sanni that they were robbers. He called out for help, which made the robbers shoot him thrice and further stabbed him’, the commissioner said.
‘They dropped his corpse by the roadside and drove to Kuto, Abeokuta where they cleaned up the blood stains in the rear seats of the vehicle and later the same night proceeded with the vehicle to the border town of Chikanda in Kwara State where the criminal receiver took delivery of the car’, he added.
Penpushing also reports that the Commissioner of Police who affirmed that the gang have been successful in five previous operations, added that the suspects adopted the use of military fatigue to beat checkpoints
The police boss added that investigation revealed that the gang which is being armed by one Alhaji (based in Benin Republic) specialised in robbing motorists of their unregistered vehicles, adding that the said Alhaji has other cells operating across the country
‘Further investigation has revealed that the said Alhaji has other cells operating across the country. Being a transnational crime, the Command is involving the Interpol for the apprehension of this criminal receiver and financier’, he stated
Penpushing reports that Owohunwa said the suspects operate by stationing one gang member some metres from Berger bus stop to spot unregistered vehicles, adding that the spotter then calls his gang members who are dressed in military fatigues and stationed somewhere around Berger bus stop to inform them of the approaching vehicle.
‘The spotter then calls his gang members who are dressed in military fatigues and stationed somewhere around Berger bus stop to inform them of the approaching vehicle. Once they stop their victim, they request for the vehicle custom papers, as they would need to clear security and customs checks’, he said
Penpushing further reports that the commissioner of police disclosed that investigation equally revealed that the suspects had previously been arrested and arraigned in court for other crimes before their release and eventual rearrest.
The command disclosed that exhibits recovered from the gang include Brownie pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, one Beretta pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, and one locally made cut-to-size pistol with 6 live cartridges.
Penpushing also reports that the other recovered exhibits include six expended cartridges, military gear (military camouflage vest, military jungle hat, military holster, jungle boots), and one Red Honda CRV with registration number EKY 276 JD, snatched from a yet to be identified victim.
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