A newly recruited police constable, David Friday, and a serving soldier, Innocent Victor, have been arrested by the Ondo State Commissioner Of police for suspected participation in armed robbery.
Briefing newsmen at the headquarters of the command on Thursday, January 21, State Police Commissioner Bolaji Salami said the police constable is attached to the Olofin Police Station in the state’s Idanre local government area, while the soldier serves with the 32nd Artillery Division, Nigerian Army, Owena Cantonment, Akure.
The CP said the duo were arrested at the junction of Ojadale in Idanre, where some people were assaulted, robbed and disposed of their property and money.
It is suspected that the two perpetrators were armed with a jackknife and other dangerous weapons, while some objects were allegedly stolen from their victims.
N6,000, one Itel phone priced at N8500, 30 litres of petrol and the amount of N125,000 are some of the goods recovered from them.
As he was found conspiring with a soldier to rob some people with a knife, he was being tried for the motorcycle robbery. We paraded them and they were named by the victims,” Salami said.
The following citizens, Akinmodun Akinleye and Adeyeye Sesan, were attacked and robbed of their properties, including a cash amount of Six Thousand Naira Only, an Itel phone valued at Eight Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only, 30 liters of petrol and one hundred and twenty-five thousand cash.
“Subsequently, suspects were arrested and made confessional statements to the commission of the crime. They will be arraigned in court soon. Other victims came and identified them. We will charge them to court when we are done with our investigation.” added the Commissioner.
However, the soldier denied his role in the allegation, saying that he was not caught at the site of the crime but was arrested for being on illegal duty.