Police in Ogun State have arrested a couple for allegedly engaging in armed robbery and serving as receivers of stolen items. The suspects, Mr. Mathew Abioro and his wife, Precious, were nabbed by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) following a tip-off.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, said the robbery gang had planned to carry out an operation before meeting their waterloo. Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the couple had confessed to the crime.
The PPRO disclosed that a pump action gun, one cut-to-size single-barrelled pistol, one cut-to-size double-barrelled pistol and four live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
He said: “The couple were arrested when men of FSARS received information that some notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising Abeokuta and Sango axis are planning to carry out another operation consequent upon which their hideout was stormed and the couple was arrested. “On interrogation, they confessed being involved in a series of armed robbery within and outside Abeokuta metropolis.
“They equally confessed being receivers of stolen motorcycles from other robbery gangs and that they used to sell such motorcycles to Benin Republic and used the proceeds to purchase arms and ammunition which they use for their own operations.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had commended men of FSARS for being proactive in the fight against crime. He quoted the commissioner as warning hoodlums to steer clear of the state “because the command is all out to deal decisively with anybody who have the intention of perpetrating any form of crime in the state no matter how highly placed the person may be.”