Four members of a syndicate that specialized in robbing and killing POS and Uber operators were nabbed by detectives from the Ogun State police command.
Kehinde Saliu Jelili, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye, and Jamiu Akinola were all detained after one Aanu Salaudeen filed a report at Onipanu divisional headquarters on April 18, 2021.
Ms. Salaudeen told police that she works as a POS attendant for one Abiodun Odebunmi, a POS operator and that her boss had left his Aparadija office the previous day to meet a customer with N4 million in cash to be used for a POS transaction and had not been seen since, while calls to his line had not been answered.
According to her, they had previously done a 1.5 million naira transaction with the person who had invited his boss the day before, and that it was the same person who had summoned his boss to meet him at Ojuore for an N4 million transaction.
Following the report, Onipanu police began an investigation into the man’s unexpected disappearance. They soon located the victim’s dead and burned body in an unfinished building in Ota’s Arobieye area.
The case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department’s Homicide Section on the order of Commissioner of Police Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who directed the homicide team to find and apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act as soon as possible.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, a spokesman for the state command, stated in a statement: “CSP Femi Olabode led the homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, and embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.
On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara State. The team continued to trail him and they later got information that he was in Benin republic ,where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), and that he would soon be returning to Nigeria.
Having gotten the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos states.”
Kehinde Salihu Jeili, who claimed to be from Apomu in Osun State, admitted to killing the victim during interrogation.
He further admitted that he purposefully lured the victim to Ota, where he and his gang members awaited him with the money he had been requested to bring after transacting an N1.5 million deal with him the day before.
After collecting the money from him, they macheted him to death and burned his body to hide their traces.
Jelili went on to say that their primary targets are Uber and POS drivers. According to him, one of them would pose as an Uber passenger and lure the driver to a location where the other members of the gang were waiting, where the Uber driver would be hacked to death and the car carried away to their recipient as soon as the Uber driver arrived.
He allegedly informed police that he and his crew macheted another victim, Idowu Ademiluyi, to death in the Itori area and seized his Toyota Corolla automobile.
Saliu led the detectives to their receiver, Abiodun Akinola, who serves as a backup buyer for all of their proceeds of crime. The other two suspects, Johnson Fakeye and Akinola Jamiu were arrested at Atan Ota and Owode Yewa, respectively, as a result of their confessional utterances.
The gang collected one Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla, and one Toyota Rav 4 whose owners had been brutally killed.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered that all members of the gang be detained, applauding the squad for the laborious investigation that lasted over three months.
He urged members of the public to always tell at least one trusted person about their whereabouts anytime they have to meet with an unfamiliar person.
He also ordered the suspects to be charged in court as soon as the investigation was completed.