A landlord, Taoreed Adegbite who resides in Oko-Odo in Somoye Rounder axis of Abeokuta has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly leading a gang of six armed robbers to rob his co-landlord, Wale Okeyingbo.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi while parading the robbery ring leader alongside one of his colleagues, Taiwo Raheem at the headquarters of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, in Abeokuta, said the gang committed the crime at about 3 am on Wednesday.
He said Mr Adegbite organised the robbery operation and led others to the house of his neighbour, which is about three poles to his own residence, and at gunpoint stole the victim’s car.
Mr Oyeyemi said following a distress call by residents of the community, the Lafenwa Divisional Police raced to the scene, and the robbers on sighting the police fled with the stolen vehicle, but the police gave the gang a chase.
The spokesman added further that, the police engaged the fleeing robbers in a gun battle at Oke-Ata area of the town, and gunned down two of them. He did not explain the whereabouts of the remaining two gang members.
He however said in the course of investigation, it was discovered that, the leader of the robbery gang was a landlord in the community, adding that the suspects had confessed to the crime
“This is uncommon story, a landlord who is a neigbour of the victim, who is also a landlord in the community was discovered to have led the robbery gang to the house of the victim, and robbed his house and took away his car at gun point,” Mr Oyeyemi said.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, the victim, Mr Okeyingbo said he could not believe his eyes and ears when he learnt that his ‘co-landlord’ was behind the robbery operations.
He said, after he saw the robbers scaling his fence, he asked them what they wanted and when they requested for his car keys, he handed them over through the window.
The victim recalled that the bandits also came with keg of petrol which they poured in the car tank and then drove it off.
The suspected gang leader and his partner while speaking with journalists also confessed to the crime.
Meanwhile, in a related developmemt, a 23-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing his cousin’s car in Ondo State. The car was later recovered in Ogun State.