Three suspected members of a infamous syndicate that specialises in stealing lister energy producing engines from workplaces in Akure have been apprehended by males of the Ondo state police command.
Parding the suspects earlier than journalists in Akure on Tuesday, June 21, spokesperson of the command, Funmilayo Odunlami, defined that detectives swung into motion after the homeowners contacted the police on Monday evening that their mills had been stolen.
She stated investigations led to the arrest of the culprits when police chased them to Ilesha the place they had been arrested alongside Akure/Ilesha Expressway.
“A Domino Lister engine was stolen in one location at FUTA North Gate and another VC Morgan Lister engine was stolen on the same axis. The suspects had been apprehended in Ilesha, Osun state and they confessed to the crime.” the PPRO added.
Odunlami assured residents that the suspects could be arraigned after the investigation is concluded.
The prime suspect, Babajide Moses, who confessed to the offence stated he normally travelled right down to Akure from Ikorodu in Lagos State, to interrupt into individuals’s workplaces or properties to steal mills and dump the stolen mills in Owode Onirin in Kosofe Native Authorities Space of Lagos State.
Based on him, he contacted the motive force of the vehihicle round 10 pm and negotiated with him whereas he engaged some Hausa labourers to free the producing set and loaded them into the automobiles.
He confessed that he had earlier stolen two producing units and disposed of it in Lagos on the charge of N200,000 every earlier than he was arrested by the group of CID from Ondo State whereas shifting the producing crops to Lagos.
The 38-year-old confessed that he meant stealing one producing set earlier than discovering out that there was one other one near the one he was about to steal and determined to steal the 2 in an workplace situated FUTA North Gate space of Akure.
However the driver of an 18-seater Mazda bus, Bolaji Arowolo, stated he was engaged by the prime suspect, Moses, saying he by no means knew the mills had been stolen items.
He defined that he negotiated with the suspect who agreed to pay the sum of N35,000 for the 2 producing crops from Akure to Ibadan.