The Osun State Police Command on Monday paraded a three-man gang for armed robbery and murder of their victim in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
The suspects: Sunday Kayode, Rasheed Waheed, and Hameed Bidemi, were said to have robbed one Victor Akinbile of over N3m and eventually killed him by setting him ablaze in his car.
According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the leader of the group, Hameed Bidemi confessed to have been contacted by a security guard in the neighborhood where Akinbile was passing the night at Maboreje area of Ikirun.
“This man, by name Bashir Owolabi was a security guard beside the compound where the victim who had travelled all the way from Lagos was passing a night at Ikirun; he was the one who called the gang leader to come and rob Akinbile.
“They collected a cash of N25,000 from him and forced him to transfer the sum of N3m to the ring leader’s account. They later drove him to a secluded place in his Toyota Camry car and set him and the car ablaze with the aim of covering their evil act.
“I commend the efforts of my men for their prompt action as they tracked the three down within 72 hours with little information in their disposal. While the leader of the group, Bidemi was arrested in Lagos, both Kayode and Waheed were rounded up in Ondo and Ogun States respectively,” Adeoye said.
The CP added that the four suspects have already been charged to court and would be arraigned in a due course.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Bidemi said the security guard was his spiritual father, adding that he gave him the details of the victim and aided the operation.
Though an indigene of Ikirun, he claimed to be a scavenger in Ikorodu area of Lagos where he lived.
“Baba is my spiritual father, I was in Ikirun on November 26 when he called me to come and rob a man who was passing a night beside the compound he was working as a security guard, and informed me that the man was the only one in the building.
“I called Kayode and Waheed, and we attacked the man around 1am, he did not struggle with us at all, he gave us the N25,000 cash with him, and when we pressurised him further for money, he promised to give us N3m out of the N5m he claimed was in his account; he transferred the money immediately to my account.
“It was Waheed who insisted that we must not leave him alive, so we put him in the booth of his car and drove him to a secluded place where we set him and the car ablaze,” he said.