The Owalare of Ilare-Ijesa in Obokun Local Government area of Osun State, Oba Adejoro Otebolaku, has appealed to the Osun State Police Command to prosecute a gang of suspected House Breakers apprehended in the town.
The Owalare in a letter dated 16th April, 2019, written to the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Abiodun Ige stated that the suspects who were arrested on Saturday 13th April,2019 following the operations of the three-man gang in the town in which about N150,000 cash and some valuable items including telephone sets were carted away said the gang had been terrorising the community since about five years ago.
The Owalare in a chat with newsmen in his palace disclosed that members of the gang were nabbed through the tracking of the telephone sets stolen by the bandits in the town.
Also narrating his ordeal, the Asiwaju of Ilare, Chief Oyedeji Olajubu said his house had been raided in the town on several occasions by the suspected bandits, while property worth millions of naira were stolen by the serial House Breakers.
Also, a former staff of the Nigeria University Commission, Sir Boye Oyewande lamented that his electricity generating machine was vandalized and other valuable items were stolen in the house when the boys ransacked the bungalow.
When newsmen visited the town, no fewer than 11 people testified to the nefarious activities of the boys who are now cooling their legs at the Criminal Investigative Department of the State Police Command since two weeks ago.
Some of the inhabitants of the town who testified that their houses were broken included Messers Amos Akinyemi, Wole Ekundayo, Gabriel Adediran, Wole Ojo, Mrs Regina Idowu and many others.
The monarch noted that Justice delayed is justice denied, saying ,”if the suspects are prosecuted promptly by the police and brought to book by the court, it will serve as a deterrent to other criminals in the town, especially those who are now at large.”
In a related development, the unmbrella association of indigenes of the town, Ilare Development Association (IDA) has vowed to follow the matter to a logical conclusion and ensure that justice is done to the matter by both the police and judiciary.
According to the association’s president, Chief Oyedeji Olajubu “we will ensure that the thieves who have been apprehended are dealt with within the armpits of law. Although, we appreciate the efforts of the police who have tracked the serial House Breakers, but we expect them to charge the suspects to court and let justice takes its course.
We don’t expect the police to grant them unnecessary bails without proper prosecution”, Olajubu said.
He added that “a team of lawyers who are indigenes of the town will visit the Commissioner of Police to find out why the suspects were not yet taken to court.
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