Ladi Kayode Abeokuta
The police Ogun State command have arrested a 70-year-old woman identified as Moninola Lateef, his son and two others for an alleged armed robbery in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said the septuagenarian was arrested along with the gang members for allegedly assisting his 35-year-old son, Modiu Lateef who sustained gunshot injuries during an operation.
He said the woman and the gang have been terrorising residents of Abeokuta and its environs before they were arrested by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.
Adejobi while parading the suspects told newsmen that Modiu Lateef, 35; Wale Okukenu, 30 and; 28-year-old Fatai Osho had been on the wanted list of the police before they were eventually tracked down,adding that a locally made pistol was recovered from the members of the robbery gang.
The police image maker explained that the septuagenarian was arrested alongside the robbery suspects for allegedly taking his son to an herbalists to extract pellets lodged in his body when he was shot during a robbery operation, assuring that the old woman would soon be charged along with the three robbery suspects to court.
In another development, the police arrested a five-man gang of kidnappers who have been terrorising residents of Ijebu area of the state for allegedly abducting a man who just returned to the country from abroad.
The police said,three members of the kidnap gang claimed to be Christian clerics, while the fourth said to be a herbalist were said to have deceived their victim with an offer of spiritual assistance for certain personal problem he was having.
The Command spokesperson, who paraded the suspects said,a locally made pistol loaded with cartridges and one Cherokee jeep with registration number. LND 25 CE were recovered from the suspects.
Adejobi said members of the gang were arrested on Tuesday at Ita- Marun, Ijebu Ode by men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad led by the Officer- in-Charge, Tijani Mohammed and gave their identities as Ganiyu Olaiya, Segun Makanjuola, Bisi Akinleye and Bayo Adekunle.