Teenagers kill motorcyclist in Ogun, arrested while trying to sell victm’s bike

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By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

Three teenagers, Sodiq Awokoya and Odunayo Samson aged 18 and 17-yr-old Jimoh Rilwan have been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for killing a motorcyclist, Bashiru Umaru before snatching his motorcycle.

Sodiq, Odunayo and Jimoh according to statement from the Spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi were arrested on the 8th of October at Toll Gate area of Ogere, in Ikenne local government where they had gone to sell the motorcycle of the deceased.

The buyer who these suspects were said to have approached to buy the stolen motorcycle demanded for its documents before  buying but became suspicious when the three suspects were giving conflicting accounts of how they came about the motorcycle.

The buyer there and then was said to have secretly informed the police in Ogere divisional headquarters, consequent upon which the DPO, Ogere Division, CSP Abiodun Ayinde led his men to the scene and got the three suspects apprehended.

On interrogation, the suspects were said to have informed the police that the motorcycle was stolen from Iperu Remo, and they were subsequently handed over to police in Iperu division.

The statement disclosed further that “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.

“Upon the information, 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 had hacked him to death before taking away the motorcycle.

“Further investigation 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.

“On getting to the point, Samson Odunayo ordered the deceased to stop because he has gotten to his destination. 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 N5,500 which they also took away.”

The police said that further  investigation revealed that this is the second robbery operation carried out by the suspects.

Their first victim was said to have been 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 N4,500, and that was the reason why Samson and Sodiq didn’t carried him along during their second operation.

The stolen motorcycle and the cutlass used for killing the owner were also said to have been recovered.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation, with the view of charging them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.