The Ondo State Police Command has detained a recently hired police officer, David Friday, and a serving soldier, Innocent Victor, for suspected involvement in armed robbery.
Newsmen at the Command Headquarters on Thursday, January 21, State Police Commissioner Bolaji Salami said the police officer is stationed at the Olofin Police Station in the Idanre local government area of the state while the soldier is working with the 32 Artillery Division, Nigeria Army, Owena Cantonment, Akure.
The CP said the duo was apprehended at the Ojadale junction in Idanre, where they assaulted, robbed and dispossessed some of their property and money.
The two perpetrators were reportedly armed with a jackknife and other unsafe weapons, while some of the items supposedly taken from their victims were discovered on them.
Some of the products recovered include N6,000, an Itel phone priced at N8500, 30 litres of petrol and a total of N125,000.
“He was being tried for that motorcycle theft when he was caught conspiring with a soldier to rob some people with a dagger. We paraded them and the victims identified them,” Salami said.
“They attacked and robbed the following people, Akinmodun Akinleye and Adeyeye Sesan of their properties which include cash sum of Six Thousand Naira Only (?6,000.00), one Itel phone valued Eight Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only(?8,500.00), 30 litres of petrol and cash of one hundred and Twenty Five Thousand (?125,000.00)”
“Suspects were subsequently arrested and have made confessional statements to the commission of the crime. They will soon be arraigned in court. Other victims came and identified them. When we are done with our investigation, we will charge them to court.” the Commissioner added.
The officer, however, denied his role in the allegation, saying that he had not been caught at the scene of the attack, but had been held on unauthorised service.