By David Fidelis
The Ondo state police command within the past week recovered several stolen vehicles and other properties worth millions of naira from one robbery suspect, Olayemi Adeoye and his accomplices.
Among the recovered vehicles was a Honda CRV SUV, belonging to Mr. Kris Obiaje, who doubles as editor of Sunshine Dailywatch and BusinessOndo newspapers.
Obiaje who is also the deputy editor of the foremost financial newspaper, Stockswatch, had parked the car along Arakale road, Akure in the evening of 29th July, 2017, when it was removed by the car thieves.
However, within the week, Obiaje had the course to smile when he sighted the stolen but now recovered vehicle at the Police Special Ant-kidnapping Squad, SAKS, premises, at Alagbaka-Akure.
Commenting on the efforts of the police, he said, “I am glad the police have done this excellent work. I believe with the right motivation and equipment, they will continue to do good works, especially the special squads created by the IGP.
“The anti-kidnapping squad who recovered my vehicle did wonderfully. I only pray these guys who continue to cause havoc in town would be put away for a long time,” he concluded.
- The police who had concluded their investigations, said the suspected car thieves are now in court in order to answer for their crimes.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, had on February 27th paraded the suspects and recovered vehicles before pressmen.
Adeyanju, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said they were arrested at various points in Akure following an intelligence report obtained by detectives of the command.
The commissioner said some of the suspects specialised in stealing and re-registering of vehicles, especially Honda CRV SUVs.
He added that six Honda CRV Jeeps and one Toyota Hilux pickup were recovered from the suspects.
He said, “Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have stolen the vehicles. Their leader, Olayemi Adeoye, narrated to us how they had been perpetrating the crime within and outside Akure. Efforts are ongoing to arrest fleeing members of the gang. The suspects will be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation.”
Adeoye, the ringleader had said he specialised in snatching vehicles. He confessed to newsmen that after stealing the vehicles in Akure, he sold them in Abuja to his receiver, one Roland.
He said: ” Anytime I identified a vehicle to be stolen,I will just go therewith my special key I have with me and take it away. I will take it to him( Desmond) and he will give me N50,000.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Vehicle Investigation Officer, VIO, Baale Olaniyi and three others have been docked before a Chief Magistrate Court on alleged complicity and stealing of the vehicles.
The accused were alleged to have received one Honda CRV Jeep from the suspect, Olayemi Adeoye, while knowing same to have been stolen and forged the particular of the Honda CRV SUV, with registration number AP 654 SPR, valued at N1.3million, property of Mr. kris Obiaje and another Honda CRV with Registration number SMK 992 AX.
According to the charge sheet, first defendant Olayemi Adeoye, 28, an ex-convict was alleged to have stolen three Honda CRV SUVs, a Toyota Hilux pickup, cash and different makes of mobile phones valued at about N16.8million.
In a connection with the case, four persons; Olayemi Adeoye, 28, fadamitan Desmond, 35, Imafidon Roland, 26, and Baale Olaniyi, 30, were arraigned before the court.
In the charge sheet, Olayemi Adeoye and Baale Olaniyi were alleged to have stolen one Honda CRV with registration number SMK 992 AX valued N 1.1million property of one Ikuyiminu Sade.
According to the prosecution, the suspects, Fadamitan Desmond and Imafidon Roland were alleged to have received four Honda CRV SUVs from Olayemi Adeoye knowing same to have been stolen.
Other items allegedly stolen by Olayemi Adeoye were Toyota Hilux pickup with registration number EPE 127 BX and valued at N12million, property of one Obetan Ebigha, , different types of mobile phones valued at N237,000 and also had in his possession, one Nigerian army cap which he could not give satisfactory account on how he came about it, and thereby committed an offence punishable by law.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the ten count charge.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Adeoye Adesegun said he wanted to call eight witnesses but that three were in the court. He urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him assemble all his witnesses and to study the case file properly.
Counsel to the defendants, Barrister Gabriel Omoedu did not oppose the adjournment application made by prosecutor, but asked for the bail of his clients in most liberal term.
He assured the court of credible and reliable sureties who would stand for the defendants and promising the court that they would not jump bail.
Adesegun raised an issue that if court should grant first defendant bail he would jump the bail.
In her ruling, the presiding magistrate, Mrs O. Aladeniyi grant the bail of 2nd to 4th defendants in the sum of 1million each and two reliable sureties in like sum.
She added that the sureties must be a civil servants on grade level 12 and above and must possess a year tax clearance.
She ordered the remand of the first defendant in Olokuta Prison Custody till the next adjournment date for the consideration of his bail.
She however adjourned till April 24, 2018.