Armed syndicate who rob Okada riders with grinded pepper arrested in Ogun

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By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

Men of Ogun state police command on Sunday arrested 3 members of armed robbery syndicate who specialized in snatching motorcycles from owners around Odogbolu, Aiyepe, Ososa and other adjoining communities in the area.

Their mode of operations, according to statement from force spokesman in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi was to look for a rider of new motorcycle and pretend as passengers having armed themselves with grinded pepper, screw drivers and spanner before boarding such motorcycle.

The armed syndicate, according to the police, on getting to an isolated area would then spray the pepper on the face of the rider, stabbed their victims with the screw driver making it easy for them to overpower such person and dispossessed such people of the motorcycle.

Luck however ran against them yesterday when they robbed one Tanko Abdullah of his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number JBD 375 WZ after spraying pepper on his eyes.

The alarm raised by the victim attracted the DPO, Odogbolu division CSP Saminu Akintunde who was on routine patrol with his men with the collaboration of other okada riders arrested the trio Ibru Ogbeba, Monday Wewe and Bisoye Odubote.

Recovered from them are, the snatched motorcycle, grinded pepper, screw driver and spanner.

Another victim of their operation one Michael Sunday whose Bajaj motorcycle was snatched on June 26 also identified them as those who snatched his own motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police Cp Bashir Makama has ordered the transfer of the suspects to special anti robbery squad (SARS) for discreet investigation warning that he would spare no efforts to run aground people with criminal tendencies in the state.

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