Teenagers hack motorcyclist to death, snatch okada in Ogun


.CP, Ogun Lanre Bankole

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested three teenagers for hacking a motorcyclist, Bashiru Umaru to death before snatching his motorcycle.

The suspects are Sodiq Awokoya (18), Odunayo Samson (18) and Jimoh Rilwan (17).

Crime report indicated that ghe suspects were arrested on the 8th of October at Toll gate area of Ogere where they had gone and wanted to sell the deceased’s motorcycle.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the buyer they had approached demanded for the documents of the motorcycle,  but he became suspicious when the suspects were giving conflicting accounts of how they came about the motorcycle.

He added that the buyer there and then secretly informed the police in Ogere divisional headquarters, consequent upon which the Divisional Police Officer, Ogere, CSP Abiodun Ayinde who led his men to the scene and got the suspects apprehended.

During interrogation, he said they informed the police that they stole the motorcycle at Iperu Remo, and they were subsequently handed over to police in Iperu division.

Oyeyemi said further, “Coincidentally, it was the time the relations of the deceased came to lodge complaint about their missing person that the police brought the suspects from Ogere with the stolen motorcycle.

“On sighting the motorcycle, the relatives of the deceased quickly identified it, and informed the police that the motorcycle brought with the suspects belongs to their missing brother.

“The policemen intensified their investigation into the case, and the suspects later confirmed that they actually snatched the motorcycle, and that the owner is being tied to a tree in a bush.

“In order to rescue the victim, the policemen quickly led the suspects to the bush, but surprisingly, they have hacked him to death before taking away the motorcycle.”

He said investigation further revealed that Samson Odunayo was the person, who called the deceased to take him to somewhere in Iperu, unknown to the okada man that he had already informed Sodiq Awokoya to wait in a bush along Ona Eri area of Iperu with cutlass and other dangerous weapons.

Oyeyemi added, “When they got to the point, Samson Odunayo ordered the deceased to stop because he has gotten to his destination.

“But while the deceased was waiting to collect his money, Sodiq Awokoya came out with a cutlass and hacked him down.

“While wriggling in pain, Samson Awokoya moved near him and squeezed his neck until he gave up the ghost. They searched his pocket and found the sum of #5,500 which they also took away.

“Further investigation revealed that this is the second robbery operations carried out by the suspects.

“Their first victim was saved from being killed by the Intervention of Jimoh Rilwan who appealed to the other two to spare the life of the victim having robbed him of cash sum of #4,500, and that was the reason why Samson and Sodiq didn’t carried him along during their second operation.

“The motorcycle and the cutlass they used for killing the deceased have been recovered.”

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta for discreet investigation, with the view of charging them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.



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