The six-man robbery gang, who allegedly killed a member of the House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adedeji, has been arrested by the police.
Adedeji, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker that represented Ekiti southwest constituency II, was shot in the head by the robbers on August 10, 2018 along Onigaari, GRA, Ado Ekiti capital city.
The suspected bandits, who had made confessional statements were paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Mr. Asuquo Amba, in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
The suspects, according to the CP, also killed one Kayode Omowaye when they raided a hotel in Oye Ekiti on August 10, 2018.
Parading the suspects, the CP said those arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of Adedeji were: Dele Obamoyegun, Idowu Sunday, Adeniyi Wumi, Leye Ojo, Akindanhunsi Damilola and Olaosebikan Babatunde.
Exhibits recovered from them include: cut-to-size barrel guns, 17 live cartridges, 75 handsets, seven laptops, cash sum of N147,000, four stolen vehicles, one of them belonging to the late Omowaye, among others.
The CP said the suspects were arrested by men and officers of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) during a stop and search operation carried out along Ado-Iworoko road.
When interviewed by newsmen, the gang leader, Dele Obamoyegun, said: “We shot him (Adedeji) after robbing him. He did not struggle with us but one of us shot him. I have to confess, we didn’t know he was a lawmaker”.
The Commissioner of Police said the robbery gang also invaded a private university’s junior staff quarters and snatched a car belonging to one Mrs Bosede Ojo.
The CP said most disturbing was that Dele’s mother, Bola Obamoyegun was the one accepting and concealing stolen items for the aforementioned robbery gang being led by his son.
“Dele’s mother was the one concealing stolen items for them. As we speak, two of her children had been convicted for robbery and this to us was a failure of motherhood. Our parents must learn how to make their children responsible”, he said.
Amba added the command is synergising with the army and other security agencies in the state to ensure that all the border towns are safe for the citizens.
“We held a meeting with hunters, members of vigilante group and Odua Peoples Congress(OPC) on intelligence gathering and information flow on how to curb kidnappers in Ekiti,” he said.
Amba revealed that the new security architecture in form of effective 24 hours patrol will soon be put in place to make Ekiti unsafe for criminals.
“We are working with the Commissioners of police in Osun, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and other border states , so that our people can live in peace.
“Very soon, we are going to invade some of the forests in the state together with other security agencies to flush out those who have been kidnapping our people. We are mapping out strategy in this regard and those areas to carry out such operations had been surveyed,” he said.
The police commissioner also told those using tinted-glass vehicles in the state to get police permit, saying whoever flouts the order will henceforth be arrested by his men.