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Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

Four Offa Poly students, 3 others arrested for armed robbery in Kwara

OFFA-POLY-From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

The Kwara state Police Command has arrested four students of Federal Polytechnic Offa and three others for allegedly involvement in armed robbery.

The command also raised an alarm over the involvement of students of tertiary institutions in the state in criminal activities.

While parading seven criminal suspects arrested in the past one week in Ilorin on Tuesday, the commissioner of Police, Ambrose Aisabor, said four of the suspects are students of Federal Polytechnic, Offa.

The Police boss gave the names of the suspects paraded as Olawuyi Babatunde, Osadahin Matthew, Bamikole Emmanuel and Adebisi.

Aisabor, who said one of the suspects was a neighbour to the victim, added that the students, on interrogation, had confessed to being members of the Eiye Confraternity cult group.

“On April 18, 2014, at about 00.15hrs at Atari area of Offa while on raid of criminal hide out by eagle eyed officers of the command, the suspects were arrested after successfully robbing one Adeolu Emmanuel ‘m’ of his properties such as laptops, four assorted telephones, one deck with speakers and N30, 000 cash while armed with dangerous weapons like cutlasses, axe and mask.

“On interrogation, the suspects confessed to be members of Eiye Cult and also confessed to have been responsible for robberies around Offa and its environs in recent times”.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation was concluded.

The police boss said they also recovered two AK 47 rifles which were dropped by hoodlums in a bush before the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, while being given a hot chase by officers of the command.

The Police boss warned residents of the state to desist from lynching suspected kidnappers, saying, “Madness is not synonymous with criminality”.

The police boss also warned that the Command would not tolerate any mob action on suspected criminals, adding that complainant should report criminal cases to nearest police station.

He said policemen would be justified to use firearms on mob wherever they try to set suspects on fire, adding that, “we are in a lawful society, not a lawless society”.

 

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