Four suspects nabbed for allegedly stealing goats in Osun
Four persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing goats in Ilare-Ijesa, Obokun East Local Council Development Area of Osun State.
Divisional Police Officer in Esa-Oke, SP Babalola Kazeem, confirmed this to The Guardian, following claims that the police released the leader of the gang of robbers said to have been terrorising the community, and arrested on Monday by local hunters and handed over to the Esa-Oke Divisional Police Station.
Refuting the claims, SP Kazeem said three suspects including the alleged buyer of stolen goats were arrested after Oladele confessed to the crime.
Kazeem explained that Oladele, a native of Ilare-Ijesa, is a mechanic, who was given an ambulance to repair but he allegedly drove it for the failed raid of goats.
While reacting to the allegation that Oladele had escaped from police custody before he was re-arrested by local hunters, the DPO said, “The suspect did not escape. He is in custody as I speak with you. We have even apprehended three additional suspects.
“I just reported here about three weeks or so ago, and before now, they complained to me that some people used to come and steal their goats. So, on Tuesday, the people of the community brought one suspect with one hospital ambulance vehicle and that they suspected him of being the one stealing their goats. We interrogated the suspect and he confessed to the fact that he came for that purpose. However, he was not found with any goat. He is a mechanic and the ambulance was given to him to repair by the Ambulance Service. We have invited them and they have made statements.
“He confessed that they normally sell the goats to one Hausa man in the Store area of Ilesa. We arrested the man on Wednesday morning around 5:00 a.m. We will take them to court soonest to avoid further claims that they escaped from our custody.”
The ringleader was said to have raided the Ilare-Ijesa with a vehicle registered as LAGOS KSF 916 EQ, alongside other fleeing suspects numbering about six.
It was gathered that the arrested ring leader was handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution after he had confessed to the allegation.
But some community leaders in Ilare-Ijesa alleged that the suspect escaped on Tuesday evening while in police custody in Esa-Oke.
They said the suspect was later re-apprehended in Esa-Odo on Wednesday morning and handed over to the police.
A community leader, who spoke in confidence said, “In fact, the people believe that the police have compromised, but we would not allow them to sweep the matter under the carpet. We shall monitor it to a logical conclusion. We are calling on the state commissioner of police to call the DPO to order, otherwise, we shall take further steps.”