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Osun: Armed Robbery Suspects Escape Police Custody, Their Victims Cry For Justice

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By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo

The Lodifi Of Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area of Osun state, Chief Kehinde Orosanyan has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adam over the escape of two suspected armed robbers who robbed him of his belongings from the police custody.

Chief Orosanya, in a petition dated 9th May, 2019 through his counsel, Barrister B.L Ijaiya and addressed to Assistant Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police and O/C SARS Osogbo, called on the IG to unravel the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspects from their custody.

The Ipetumodu kingmaker said the prime suspect, simply identified as Lakin and his cohorts, had on 25 day of November, 2018 broke into his house located at old Umezure Hospital area , Ipetumodu, and made away with his Toyota Camry Sport Car, 2007 model and its documents.

Other stolen items according to Chief Orosanyan are; Two flat screen televisions, home theater, Golden wedding rings for him and his wife , wrist watches, lot of cloths both native and English dress, his chieftaincy beeds and crown , pairs of shoes , Voter card, DTB among others valuables.

He further explained that after he lodged complaints at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ipetumodu, and acting upon his compliant, the State Anti-Robbery Sqaurd (SARS) swung into action and eventually got the prime suspect apprehended at Modakeke and some of the stolen clothing and jewelries were recovered.

Chief Orosanya said the suspect assisted the SARS to fish out the whereabout of his cohorts and thereafter, officers of the Divisional Police Headquarters , Ipetumodu eventually arrested Lakin, (a co-suspect) at Asipa , Ife North Local Government Area, before he was handed over to the state CID(SARS) in Osogbo.

According to Chief Orosanya, Lakin while making his confessional statement explained that he sold Toyota Camry Spot Car , 2007 model and its particulars to one prominent dealer in Osogbo.

Expressing disappointment, Chief Orosanya who led three other victims at a press conference held in Osogbo on Monday May 6, 2019, said the SARS officers invited them to their office where they were told that the arrested suspects have escaped from their custody at IKIRUN.

Other robbery victims according to the Chief are ; Olaosebikan Oyeyemi with a stolen car number EKY 671ET and Chassis Number 2TIBR3254C257613( Toyota Corola, arsh colour) the car was stolen by the suspects on 28th July , 2018 at Ipetumodu. Mr Oladejo Dele(Toyota Corola with gray colour) registration number LSR 777 DQ, the car was stolen on March 20, 2019 at 35 Power line area, Moro and MR Balogun Oluwafemi (Muscle Camry, black colour) with registration number Lagos LSR 662 EU, chasis number 4T1be46k37u512568 and engine number 2a2a291413.

He said: ” To the staggering dismay, the SARS office invited all the victims of the robbery attack to the SARS office informed us that, the suspect Lakin and one other had escaped from their custody at IKIRUN.

“The act and conduct of the SARS to have allowed the suspects to escape from their custody is questionable, as we are privileged to know that the dealer to whom the vehicles were sold is a prominent dealer in Osogbo and that the SARS must have played his bids sequel to the confessional statement made by Lakin.

“Our lives are in danger because the SARS had taken the suspects to houses day before they (SARS) claimed that the suspects have escaped from their custody. We are in panic because these people may attack us.

“We are calling on Police Authority to graciously launch a thorough investigation into this matter so as to be able to unravel the mystery behind the escape of the suspects from the SARS custody”

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