Ogun police nab three suspects for stealing 300 bags of cement

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested three tricycle operators who allegedly conspired to steal 300 bags of cement from warehouse of Sandtrust Quarry Company in Awa Ijebu.

The suspects names were given as Lawal Bidemi AbdulRaheem, Olalekan Azeez and Opeloyeru Kayode.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Awa ijebu Divisional headquarters, by a member of staff of the company.

He explained that the member of staff had said he saw some people in a bush very close to the quarry loading bags of cement into their tricycles.

Oyeyemi said he reported further that the bags of cement were suspected to have been stolen from the warehouse of their company.

Acting on this report, Oyeyemi added that the Divisional Police Officer, Awa Ijebu, CSP Adewalehinmi Joshua, mobilised the patrol team and moved to the scene.

But, the state police spokesman hinted further that as they sighted the policemen, the suspects took to their heels, but they were hotly chased, and three amongst them were apprehended.

Meanwhile, Oyeyemi said 51 bags of cement were recovered from them in the bush, while another 20 bags were recovered from one of the buyers, while the three tricycles they used for the operation were also impounded.

He added, “On interrogation, the three suspects confessed to have stolen the bags of cement from the warehouse of Sandtrust Quarry, and that they used their tricycles to convey it to the bush, from where they were taken it to the buyers in batches.

“They confessed further that they have sold parts of the stolen cements to their customers before they were caught.

“The suspects, who were arrested on the 2nd of June 2021, were granted administrative bail pending when the strike embarked upon by the Judicial Staff workers will be called off so as to arraign them in court.

“Surprisingly, the three suspects jumped bail and went ahead to accused the DPO of demanding bribe from them, and that their refusal to bribe him made the DPO not to release their tricycles.

“They were subsequently traced to their hideout in ijebu Ode where they were re- arrested on the 26th of June 2021.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered that the suspects be charged to court without further delay. He also directed that their other accomplices as well as their buyers be hunted for and brought to justice.

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