Ekiti State Police Command have arrested a 40-year-old pastor of a Church in Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti State, Taiwo Afolabi, and a car robbery syndicate.
The men of the Swift Response Squad also arrested a 17-year-old boy, Raji Babatunde, and his gang on Thursday during a robbery operation at Okesa Area of Ado-Ekiti, the capital city, at about 3.30am after receiving a distressed call from some victims.
Another suspect, Tope Adedayo a.k.a SeeWar was also paraded alongside two others, Dele Olalusi and Olabanji Tolulope, for allegedly threatening some Igbo traders in Atikankan Area of Ado Ekiti and extorting huge amount of money from them.
Parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said Afolabi and his gang were arrested on Igbaraodo-Ogotun road when they could not give satisfactory accounts of themselves.
According to him, investigation by the SARS revealed that the gang ran a car-snatching syndicate.
Vehicles recovered from them include a green Toyota Camry marked ET 241 AAA, a brown Toyota Camry with number plate KSF 634 AX, a Nissan Cabster with number plate EK 973 XH and another Nissan Cabster with number plate FST 621 XM.
Babayemi added that the leaders of the group, Wasiu Sola and Abdukareem Ganiyu, were based in Ibadan and specialised in robbery and car snatching, which would be given to a dealer in Ado Ekiti to market.
Afolabi said he had been receiving cars from the two and giving them to one Ajilumo Emmanuel, to sell to interested buyers.
Responding to a question, he said, “I never asked them since they have been bringing cars to me to sell, whether the cars were stolen goods or not. But the last one they brought that I could not sell in time put me in this trouble because the engine was faulty and we could not dispose it off as quick as possible.”
Babatunde and his gang were said to have stormed a house at Okesa Area of Ado Ekiti where they broke the door with a big stone, descended heavily on the occupants and inflicted severe machete cuts on them.