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CP decries menace of unrepentant armed robbers in Oyo


Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade

Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade

Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, has decried the increase in the number of armed robbery convicts in the state who go back to the crime after serving their time.

Oyebade, who paraded 22 suspects from different gangs who were arrested at different locations in connection with sundry criminal offences‎, lamented that three of the suspects were ex-convicts who soon went back to armed robbery after their release from prison.

One of the suspects, Kamoru Ganiyu, from Iwo in Osun State, told journalists how he went back to armed robbery‎ barely two months after he was released from Abolongo Prison in Oyo town and led a gang in Ibadan where they robbed a man of his car.

Kamoru (28), who said his parents live in Ondo State and that he is an outcast in his family, was arrested by the police on April 27, 2016 and paraded along with four other suspects at the Eleyele Police Command Headquarters.

Kamoru and Agu Onyeka (21), Biodun Jamiu (34), Dare Azeez (21), and Nurudeen Bilawu (30) were arrested at Iwo town, a day after robbing one David Niyi Abel of his Toyota Camry car with registration number, DL 994 LLD at Akobo Oju Irin area along Olorunda-Aba area in Ibadan.

The state CP said his men recovered the car and a Tecno mobile phone belonging to the victim.

During the robbery operation, one of the marauders shot ‎the victim on the left wrist before snatching the car.

Kamoru said he was recently released from prison, but was immediately re-absorbed into crime by his gang members.

On why he went back to crime soon after his release from incarceration, Kamoru said: “I went back to robbery because since I was released from prison, ‎I do not have anywhere to stay or sleep. I was sleeping in vehicles and uncompleted buildings. My parents have abandoned me.

“Even though I was a motorcycle mechanic, that was why when Radical, who was also released from the Agodi Prison called me for the operation and I had to follow him.”

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