A gang of armed robbers on Monday offered a N500,000 bribe to officials of the Ogun State Command of Customs and Excise to evade arrest.
The Customs officers who turned down the bribe said they were offered the money shortly after a robbery operation by the bandits.
Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the area controller, Bamidele Akande, said the suspects, identified as Ademola Adeniyi and Ajayi Adesina, were arrested with a blood stained Acura MDX and a Passat with an Abuja number plate, KWL 560 AA, in Ewekoro Local Government area of Ogun state.
He explained that on arrest of the first suspect, he put a phone call across to the ring leader to rescue him. The ring leader soon arrived with the bribe money.
The customs boss disclosed that the ring leader, identified as Mr. Adeniyi, drove in a lemon coloured Passat,and begged the custom officers to release his colleague while offering them bribes.
Mr. Akande said the confessional statement of the suspects showed that they robbed at gun point at Bariga in Lagos last Sunday.
“On close examination, we discovered that they are hardened criminals. We saw human blood on the Acura and we have every reason to suspect that the other car brought by Adeniyi was stolen. That is why we are handing over the case to the police,” the customs boss said.
Receiving the suspects on behalf of the police state command, the head of state Criminal Investigative Department, Fola Ogunkoya, said the police would investigate the case and subsequently charge them to court after investigations.
In a related development, the customs has impounded no fewer than 406 cartons of frozen food at Idi-Iroko and Imeko-Afon axis of the state.
“In our drive to plug all points of entry of these hazardous and banned product in its intensity, we shall not relent in order to safeguard the health of the nation and its citizens.
“Only last two weeks, 374 cartons of these frozen Poultry valued at 1,383,000 were seized at Idi-Iroko axis and last week, 406 carton of these same items valued at N1,827,000 were seized along Idi-roko-Imeko axis,” the customs boss said.