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Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

Robbers who killed Daily Newswatch Senior Editor arrested in Lagos

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Gunmen-1From Matthew Aramunde & Lucky Lawal, Lagos

A six-man armed robbery gang alleged to have killed the late Deputy Editor of Daily Newswatch, Mr. Toyin Obadina, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos state Police Command Anti Robbery Squad.

This was revealed by the state Police Commissioner, Kayode Aderanti, when he addressed crime reporters at his office at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja.

According to the Police boss, on October 17, 2014, he received information of the activities of some dreaded armed robbery gang that were at the time the information got to him putting finishing touches to a grand plan to unleash terror on Lagos residents.

Speaking further, he said, based on this information, he immediately directed the commands anti-robbery squad, led by Abbah Kyari (SP) to go after the robbers and that within a short space of time, the team of crack detectives located the said hideout around Ajelogo/Akanimdo area of Mile 12 area of Lagos state and succeeded in arresting two members of the gang, whose names he gave as Ibrahim Adeokun and Babatunde Makinde.

He further revealed that upon a search conducted on the suspects and their hide out, his men recovered two cut to size locally-made single barrel short guns with twelve rounds of live cartridges.

The robbers, during interrogation, according to Aderanti, confessed that they belonged to a six man gang of armed robbers that have been terrorizing the metropolis and its environ and also confessed that on the 1st of Feb 2014 at about 01;30hrs they killed the owner of a Toyota Yaris Saloon car with Reg. No AKD 701 which they snatched after snuffing out the life of the owner and later abandoned the vehicle and the lifeless body off at Lucky Fibre area of Ikorodu He said the said victim later turned out to be late Mr Toyin Obadina of Daily Newswatch In a chat with our correspondent, one of the suspects Adeshina Festus narrated how, prior to the robbery operation that claimed the life of the journalist, the gang had robbed one Segun Afolabi of his Nissan Xterra Jeep with Reg. No LSD 780 BJ, which they used to block the way before descending on the late journalist.

He revealed that the gang leader, one Oke and his deputy, Benjamin, who pulled the trigger on Obadina were later killed by men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad in another operation around the Mile-12 area of Lagos state.

The Police boss said the suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded and that the manhunt for the duo of Olasheu and Omo Alahji who are on the run is currently intensified.


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