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Police arrest suspect for alleged rice hijack

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By Timothy Akintola

Oyo State Police Command are showing zero tolerance for crimes in the state.

In every social ambience, Security measures are ensured to maintain Peace and order and by salvaging the widespread of crimes and violence from the grassroots, the country’s social and Economic Development immensely benefits. However, Nigeria continues to witness a surge in crime rates. This increase that has devastated the country has raised poignant questions about the efficacy of the security proactiveness and the government’s place in protecting the lives and properties of its citizens.

Recently, the Oyo State police command is said to have apprehended a suspect for the alleged crime of hijacking and diversion of over 130 bags of rice, estimated at around N4.6 million. SP Adewale Osifeso, the Public Relations Officer of the command made this known while in the act of parading the suspect, as well as suspects of other criminal activities that have been carried out around the vicinity. This parade took place on Friday, at the headquarter of the command in Ibadan.

Ten suspects paraded at the command headquarters for numerous crimes.

Reports indicated that ten suspects were paraded at the command headquarters for numerous crimes like armed robbery, hijacking, snatching of cars and motorcycles, as well as diversion of trailers full of cooking oil. Osifeso noted that the suspect involved in the rice hijack was apprehended at about 8:30 pm on August 8, 2022, upon receiving credible information about the crime. He further stated that the suspect was a member of a criminal gang specialized in the hijack and diversion of trailers and other goods ladened vehicles.

The suspect, upon arrest was reported to have been found in possession of 130 bags of rice, valued at an estimation of N4.7 million, suspected to be stolen goods. The preliminary investigation however indicated that prior to the theft, the consignment and trailer were designated to a certain store at Akure, Ondo State from Kano State. SP Adewale Osifeso also asserted that the suspect had masterminded the sale of parts of the goods to illegal receivers around Okene area in Kogi State.

Two suspects apprehended on their way to deliver a snatched car in Ibadan.

The PPRO reported that the suspect was apprehended in Alakia area of Ibadan, Oyo state, where he confessed to indulging in this crime and was presently assisting the command in enhancing the investigation. In addition, the command further arrested two suspects of armed robbery, for the alleged snatching of an unregistered Hyundai Sorona car. According to Osifeso, these suspects confessed to snatching the car from the owner on the Erio Ekiti to Aramoko Ekiti road, Ekiti State, on Wednesday.

He noted that these suspects were arrested in Ibadan, while on their way to deliver the stolen car to another suspect at iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos State. The original car documents with the registration number of (LAGOS) LND 705 GD, an Infinix mobile phone and an iPhone brand, with a torch light which belonged to the owner of the car were recovered during the process of searching. The suspects reportedly confessed to this crime, noting that the car was to be delivered to iyana-Ipaja.

Osifeso assured residents of no tolerance to crimes committed in the state.

Osifeso however stated that the suspects of the car theft and the car were scheduled to be transferred to Ekiti State Police Command for further interrogation. The suspects confessed to have snatched the car to aid the transportation for their illicit business of Smuggling rice. Assuring residents of their task of the force to further protect lives and properties, Osifeso stated that the police command, under the leadership of Adebowale Williams, the State Commissioner of Police will continually ensure no iota of tolerance for any form of crime perpetrated in the state.


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