A gang of four armed robbers, who specialized in attacking petrol filling stations in Kwara State and its environs, have been nabbed by officers of the Kwara State police command in conjunction with the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday after parading the robbery suspects, the state commissioner of police, Aminu Pai Saleh, said that leader of the gang, one James Obaje ‘Male’ 34 years, a native of Dekina in Dekina local government area of Kogi State, had confessed to being a trainee and lieutenant of one Zakari Yau, a political thug in Kogi State.
The leader of the gang, during an interview with journalists, also said that three AK 47 rifle, one K2 rifle and one Pump Action rifle found on them, were given to him by the campaign team of the late APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, during electioneering.
The police boss, who said that other members of the gang include one Nelson Yakubu ‘Male’ 31 years, Ibrahim Mutari ‘Male’ 33 years and Gboyega Olaoye ‘Male’ 35 years, added that all the suspects are from Kogi State, but resident in Ilorin except Gbenga Olaoye who is from Ekiti local government area of Kwara State.
“Sequel to reports received from some fueling stations within Ilorin metro and its suburbs of armed robbery attacks, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) who were detailed to Offa in the wake of Offa armed robbery attack in conjunction with F-Sars Kwara command, acting on very actionable intelligence, arrested one James Obaje ‘M’ 34yrs a native of Dekina in Dekina local government area of Kogi State, during interrogation, he confessed to being the leader of a gang of armed robbers and also a trainee and lieutenant of one Zakari Yau, a political thug in Kogi State, already arrested by IGP Response team in an earlier operation. His confession led to the arrest of the following members of his gang that attacked several fuelling stations in Kaduna, FCT, Kogi and Kwara State.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three AK 47 rifle, One K2 rifle, One Pump Action rifle, 311 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 286 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition, One Blue Mazda 626 with Reg. KEY 627 DS (Their operational vehicle), Charms, Several Vehicle Plate numbers”, he said, adding that the suspects also confessed to the Armed Robbery attack on Orange fuelling Station, Tanke junction, Ilorin on May 15, 2018.