By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Five suspected armed robbers and rapists who have been terrorizing a section of Ado-Ekiti,the state capital in recent time were on Tuesday paraded by the Ekiti State Police Command .
Among the suspects were members of a vigilante group, Adeniyi Busayo and Tunde Fadunmila.
Fadunmila and Adeniyi, who was alleged for robbing the victims with
police uniform , were night guards hired for neighbourhood watch at
Enu Odi in Odo Ado Area of Ado Ekiti.
Other suspects members of the five-man gang were ; Owoeye Ojo,
Agbetuyi Taiwo and Lasisi Friday.
Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital during the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, said the suspects robbed Faglo Petrol-chemical filling Station along federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti , and houses belonging to Pastor Olalekan Timothy and Chief Oladokun Oke at about 10pm on the night of August 28.
The PPRO revealed that Oke , who came out during the robbery operation to challenge them , was shot in the hands and stomach and was rushed to the hospital by neighbours for treatment.
He said the suspects were not only robbing, but torturing and raping
the victims after using big stones to break their doors .
Items seized from them were: three dane guns, three cutlasses , charms and big stones, which they allegedly used to break the doors for them to
Adeyemi added that the suspects during the operation carted away
materials valued N428, 000 , which included cash, phones, recharge
cards and soft drinks .
“At Faglo petrol chemical filling station, they broke into the mall
after holding security guard hostage and made away with cash.
“Our men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were able to arrest them through intelligence gathering and veracious information from members
of the public.
“We have concluded our investigations by calling the victims who were able to identify some of them and we shall take them to the court on Wednesday”, he stated.
Speaking on the robbery, one of the victims, Chief Oke, who is the
Onibedo of Ado-Ekiti, maintained that Agbetuyi was the one who fired
the shot that hit him.
“I was able to identify them because they had earlier wined and dined
in my house during Udi Iroko festival in Ado Ekiti which was held on
August 26. So, I knew them and I can stand by what I said”.
Also, a 22-year old suspect, Agbetuyi confessed that he actually committed the crime, saying he did it out of youthful exuberance.
“I was given a sum of N35,000 out of the loot but I did not fire the
shot that hit Chief Oke. I didn’t know precisely how much we made
because it was Fadunmila who sold them and gave me my share”, he