Three teenagers nabbed for killing motorcyclist in Ogun

Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

Men of Ogun State Police Command have arrested three teenagers for allegedly killing a commercial motorcyclist, Bashiru Umaru and stealing his motorcycle in Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.

The teenagers, Sodiq Awokoya, 18; Odunayo Samson, 18; and Jimoh Rilwan, 17; were arrested while attempting to sell the motorcycle.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said this in a statement on Thursday .

Oyeyemi added that the suspects were arrested last week Friday at Tollgate Area of Ogere where they had gone to sell the deceased motorcycle.

The PPRO said, “The buyer, who demanded for the documents of the motorcycle before he can buy it became suspicious when the three suspects were giving conflicting accounts of how they came about the motorcycle.

“The buyer there and then secretly informed the police in Ogere Divisional Headquarters, consequent upon which the DPO Ogere Division, CSP Abiodun Ayinde led his men to the scene and got the three suspects apprehended.

“On interrogation, they informed the police that the motorcycle was stolen from Iperu Remo, and they were subsequently handed over to police in Iperu Division.

“Coincidentally, the suspects were brought in from Ogere at the same time the relatives of the deceased came to lodge complaint about their missing person.

“On sighting the motorcycle, the relatives of the deceased quickly identified it and informed the police that the motorcycle brought with the suspects belongs to their missing brother.

“Upon the information, the policemen intensified their investigation into the case and the suspects later confirmed that they actually snatched the motorcycle, adding that the owner is being tied to a tree in a bush.

“In order to rescue the victim, the policemen quickly led the suspects to the bush, but surprisingly, they had hacked him to death before taking away the motorcycle.

“Further investigation revealed that Odunayo was the person who called the deceased to take him to Iperu. Unknown to the motorcyclist, Odunayo had already informed Sodiq Awokoya to wait in a bush along Ona Eri Area of Iperu with cutlass and other dangerous weapons.

”On getting to the point, Odunayo ordered the deceased to stop because he had gotten to his destination.

“While the deceased was waiting to collect his money, Awokoya came out with a cutlass and hacked him down.

“While wriggling in pain, Awokoya moved near him and squeezed his neck until he gave up the ghost. They searched his pocket and found the sum of N5,500 which they also took away.”

The PPRO added that the police engaged in another investigation and discovered that the incident was the second robbery operations carried out by the suspects.

Oyeyemi said, “Their first victim was safe from being killed by the intervention of Rilwan who appealed to the other two to spare the life of the victim having robbed him of the sum of N4,500. That was the reason why Odunayo and Awokoya didn’t take him along during their second operation.

“The motorcycle and the cutlass they used in killing the deceased have been recovered.”

The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation, with the view of charging them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.