The Ogun State Police Command on Thursday said it arrested a 25-year-old salesboy, Peter Okenu, for allegedly masterminding the robbery of his boss.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, explained that the suspect was arrested after “painstaking investigation” by detectives from the Ifo divisional headquarters, who had been trailing Okenu and his gang since December 17, 2020, when the case was reported.
He said, “The victim of the robbery, Stephen Anyi, reported at the Ifo Police Station that his house at Kajola Phase 2 area of Ifo was invaded around 2am by a seven-man gang, who were armed with guns, cutlasses and axes. He said they held him and his family hostage before dispossessing them of N150,000, his laptop, phones, plasma television and his Toyota Highlander, with number plate, KJA 38 FZ, which they used in carrying away the items.”
The police spokesman said after the report, the DPO Ifo, CSP Adeniyi Adekunle, detailed detectives to go after the robbers, the cops reportedly traced the hoodlums to the Mushin area of Lagos, where they were about to sell off the vehicle.
Oyeyemi said four members of the gang were arrested. He identified them as Ibrahim Arowolo, 24; Sowemimo Faruk, 18; Yusuf Azeez, 23; and Yakubu Ibrahim, 31.
“During interrogation, they informed the police that it was the victim’s salesboy, Peter Okenu, who planned with the gang to rob his master. They stated further that the salesboy, who was in charge of the victim’s shop at Sango, met them and gave the description of his boss’ residence. The salesboy was promptly arrested and he confessed to the crime,” the police spokesman added.
According to Oyeyemi, the police recovered from the suspects the Toyota Highlander, one locally-made single-barrelled cut-to-size gun, one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, three cutlasses and four phones.